Couple facing 612 charges


BATAVIA — A city man with a history of arrests now has the distinction of facing what could be the most charges ever filed against a person in Genesee County.

He is, however, tied, as his ex-girlfriend also faces the same amount of charges.

Jeremy M. Fairbanks, 42, and Leah R.H. Kelly, 35, of Harvester Avenue have been charged with 306 counts each of second-degree criminal contempt of court.

The charges came after a Genesee County Sheriff’s Department investigation revealed Fairbanks and Kelly, who both have court orders of protection against each other, were allegedly in contact with each other 306 times since March 17.

Fairbanks has been in Genesee County Jail since March 11, when he was committed for choking Kelly during an altercation.

The alleged contact was by jail phone.

Fairbanks has a long history of arrests and has spent three terms in state prison.

At age 15, he was charged with manslaughter for shooting and killing his friend, Sammy Griffin, 17, in the city. Fairbanks had put the gun in Griffin’s mouth and the gun fired.

He was sentenced to a juvenile detention facility and then spent a year in prison.

He was released in February 1998, but within four months, was back in prison, serving a two-to-four year term for assault.

He served three years and was released in 2001.

Three years later, Fairbanks was back in the news after he repeatedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl.

He pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse and was sentenced to five years in prison.

He violated parole seven years later and was returned to prison for another two years, getting released in 2013.

He is a Level 2, sexually violent offender on the New York State Sex Offender Registry.

Since then Fairbanks has had a series of mostly minor arrests, including drug and domestic violence charges.

He remains in jail with no bail.

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