Thursday, September 19, 2013

AL - Former Dothan police officer (Steven Fredrick Jones) pleads guilty to sex crime

Steven Fredrick Jones
Steven Fredrick Jones
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By Matt Elofson

A former Dothan police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to sending a nude picture of himself to a teenage girl.

Houston County District Attorney Doug Valeska said Steven Fredrick Jones, 39, of Dothan, pleaded guilty to a felony transmitting obscene material charge in front of Circuit Court Judge Michael Conaway.

He was an ex-Dothan police officer, but I think the important thing to know for our community is the Dothan police made this case,” Valeska said. “We didn’t have to ask an outside agency to come in. They treated him like anybody else. They did an outstanding job.”

Dothan Police investigators arrested Jones in January on the felony charge.

Valeska said Jones pleaded guilty to sending a nude picture of himself to a 15-year-old girl. He also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges.

Valeska said Jones will now have to register as a convicted sex offender.

Valeska said Jones formerly served as a narcotics officer with the Dothan Police Department.

Police previously arrested Jones in 2005, and charged him with felony first-degree burglary. Records show Jones pleaded guilty in 2008 to a lesser misdemeanor trespassing charge. Jones, who was apparently a police officer at the time of the 2005 offense, later lost his job as a result of that offense.

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