Saturday, October 19, 2013

TN - Ex-police officer (Jason Paul Jones) pleads to lesser rape charge for illegal sexual encounter with a 16-year-old boy

Jason Paul Jones
Jason Paul Jones
Original Article



A former Mt. Pleasant police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced charge of statutory rape for an illegal sexual encounter with a 16-year-old boy and was placed on five years of probation.

Jason Paul Jones, 25, of Columbia, was originally charged with the more serious offense of statutory rape by an authority figure, a Class C felony carrying a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison without the possibility of probation and a fine of up to $10,000.

The lesser charge of statutory rape is a Class E felony with potential penalties of one-six years in prison, and it permits probation, according to Maury County District Attorney General Mike Bottoms, who negotiated the plea deal.

In pleading guilty, Jones waived his right to have a grand jury hear the evidence against him, Bottoms explained.

He wanted to put it behind him and pled to the charge,” Bottoms said, “and the victim wanted the case to be settled. The child is not doing real well with it, and the family wanted to put it behind him.”

It’s an unusual situation, but the family did not want to go through trial with the child,” Bottoms said.

The guilty plea, accepted by Maury Circuit Judge Stella Hargrove, puts Jones on supervised probation for two years and, if he does not violate its terms, another three years without supervision, Bottoms said. Jones is also required to enter the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Sex Offender Registry and comply with its terms for 10 years, Bottoms continued.

If he violates probation, which includes a no-contact order prohibiting him from having any contact with his victim, Jones will have to serve two years in prison. In any event, he will have a record as a convicted felon, Bottoms said, and he cannot apply to have his record expunged.

That won’t go away, so he won’t be a police officer or anything like that anymore,” Bottoms said.

Jones served with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department for about two years, including time as a reserve officer, and was assigned to the K-9 unit working on the night shift when he was fired over the rape charge.

His attorney, Kevin Latta, could not be reached for comment Monday.


Beverly said...

I agree. There wasn't a "victim" in my son's case. She may have been 14, but she was far from a child and was in love with my son. They dated for 6 months before he broke it off with her. She posted and sexted nude pictures of herself all over the internet too. She was no child! Now, my son is paying for his ignorance of her age and their romance. He turned 19, four months before she turned 15. This made him a criminal. One year in jail and 3 years probation and will be on the registry for 10 years. He will also have to live in a halfway house upon release. This cop got off easy.

George Mead said...

Ironically, here in Nevada no crime would have occurred. Same is true in over half of north America. Until recently, here it would have been a felony ONLY if the participants were of the same sex. Age-of-consent needs a major overhaul. If he moves to a jurisdiction where the underlying act was not then and is not now even a crime he will still have to register as a SO, possibly for life.

ethan mcendarfer said...

Well I'm here to say that I'm the "child". It's been a little over a year since the "event. I can totally say that I don't have the mind set of "child". And I feel disrespected being referred to one. I'm heavenly engaged into the military and I'm leaving ASAP. I doubt that anyone even looks at this article anymore, but I don't care. It matters to me that I'm saying this. I believe personally that I myself was in love with Jason Paul Jones. Hell... I think I still am. I can't stand this government reading black and white. They need to look at what's in between. They weren't there. They didn't see shit. Legally, nothing would have happened if I didn't agree with what happened. But being tore up and broken down like I was that night, when they (the policemen interacting me) treated me the way they did, I had no choice to give. I think that the way they treated me and forced answers out of me was very WRONG and disgusting towards a child. I wouldn't want a child to go through my foot steps only because the way I was treated. Until the cops came in, I was happy. Jason was like my bigger brother. He taught me things about the police force and told me that I need to treat my family better or what I should do to get help with my education. He always looked after me. But the problem was. I, ME, was the one who moved to fast. I feel in love and I'm talking head over heals. I watch "bubbas" life get sucked out of him in front of me and I couldn't do anything. I've tried my best to make sure he's ok. First time I saw him since the event was on January 23, 2014. I sped away because I couldn't afford him to see my tears... I cried all day and was silent for days after that. But what gets me is I don't see how what the government did should be legal. They hurt me. Bubba didn't. He was the only stability in my life at that point. I begged god to give Jason a warning, but it just wouldn't happen.