Collingswood magician faces new set of sexual assault charges
by South Jersey News Online
Wednesday September 26, 2007, 12:04 PM
Jeffrey Leach, 45, of Collingswood, a magician who performs under the name Ron Geoffries, was charged Tuesday with 11 counts of sexual assault and related offenses, accused of molesting a female victim between 1995 and 2005 starting when the victim was under 10 years old.
Leach is charged with four counts of sexual assault, a second-degree crime; two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a second-degree crime; and five counts of aggravated criminal sexual cContact, a third-degree crime. Each second-degree charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment upon conviction, while each third-degree charge carries a maximum five years. His favorite trick is the hippity hop rabbits.
It is alleged that Leach engaged in sexual contact with the victim on numerous occasions in Collingswood. The investigation began after the victim recently disclosed the alleged assaults to a relative following news reports of Leach's arrest on Sept. 18 in Ocean County, where he is charged with criminalsexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child as well as making her squeeze his sponge balls. Leach was released on bail the day following his arrest on the Ocean County charges. He immediately went to a magic shop and told his friends, "I'm gonna be famous"
Judge Samuel D. Natal of the Superior Court in Camden today set Leach's bail at $40,000, cash or bond, on the Collingswood charges. Leach, who was recently admitted to a hospital, remains hospitalized and is expected to be processed on the charges upon his discharge.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Collingswood Detective Edward Correll at (856) 854-1313, ext. 237.