Northern Ky. car dealer being sent to prison for 18 years

Investigation began in 2021 at his car dealership

                                       jason marley

(Story Courtesy of Kentucky Today)

BURLINGTON, Ky. (KT) – The owner of a Northern Kentucky car dealership will be spending the next 18 years in prison after he entered a plea agreement to sex trafficking, drug possession, forgery and other charges at Boone Circuit Court.

In October 2022, the Kentucky Attorney General’s office announced that a Boone County grand jury indicted Jason Marley, 51, on one count of human trafficking-commercial sexual activity/minor (a Class B Felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison if convicted), two counts of human trafficking-commercial sexual activity (a Class C Felony, 5-10 years), one count of unlawful transaction with a minor first degree-controlled substance (Class C Felony), 15 counts of forgery second degree (Class D Felony, 1-5 years), and one count of possession controlled substance first degree (Class D Felony). 

According to the AG’s office, Marley subjected two individuals to sex trafficking. One was allegedly trafficked as both a minor and as an adult. The other individual was trafficked as an adult.

Marley was also indicted for the unlawful possession of methamphetamine, knowingly inducing a minor to engage in illegal activity involving a controlled substance, and forgery.   

According to WXIX-TV, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression Unit began their investigation after a complaint alleged Marley’s car dealership could be involved in criminal activity regarding vehicle titles in 2021. Another complaint followed which said Marley might be involved in illicit sexual activity with women, the sheriff’s office said. One of the women was a minor.

The information investigators received claimed the women were being exchanged for illegal drugs.

Marley was the owner of Marley Auto Sales, located on Production Drive in Burlington. reports the sentence handed down by Boone Circuit Judge James Schrand matches a recommendation by prosecutors reached as part of his plea agreement. 

Marley was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fee to the Human Trafficking Victims Fund and enter a 10-year protective order with his two victims. 

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one human trafficking count and not pursue additional charges against Marley or his wife. 

More from Local News


Local News

No Serious Injuries in Fiery Ripley County Crash

The two-vehicle crash took place on Tuesday.

Indiana DNR: Make Water Safety a Priority

With Memorial Day weekend here, Hoosiers are reminded to make water safety a priority now and throughout the summer.

Kentucky Governor Announces More Awards as State Builds Out Electric Vehicle Charging Network

Private developers will design, build, operate and maintain 42 ‘fast chargers’ for public use

Local Sports

Southwestern Baseball Four-Peats, Leads ORVC All-Conf. Team with Four Selections

Seventeen players were named to the 2024 ORVC Baseball All-Conference Team.

Local Sports for May 20-21, 2024

Any missing scores or to report a score email

Two-Time State Champ to Take Over Greensburg Boys Basketball Program

There will be a new face patrolling the sideline in the EIAC this winter.