Jeffrey Scott Jones, Longtime Teacher, Allegedly Raped 13 y.o. Girl Relative; More Victims Feared
Authorities are seeking other possible victims of a 53-year-old Huntington Beach teacher accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female relative. What worries law enforcement is Jeffrey Scott Jones had plenty of access to children, having taught for 27 years at schools including Bell High School and Gahr High in Cerritos. At the time of Jones' arrest last Thursday, he was teaching advanced placement English at Libra Academy in Huntington Park.
He is accused of touching the 13-year-old girl's chest and her vagina under and over her clothing different times between Sept. 1, 2012, and this April 30 past. Jones allegedly raped her May 4 and again May 9, crimes that were reported to the Huntington Beach Police Department.
Anyone with more information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Paul Carvo at 714.347.8794 or Huntington Beach police Detective Trent Tunstall at 714.536.5995.
Jones was arraigned Monday on two felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one felony count of continuous sexual abuse. The hearing was continued to Aug. 16 without a plea being entered.
Here is Jones' Libra Academy bio:
Mr. Jones attended many colleges such as Long Beach City College, Cal State Long Beach, Orange Coast Community College, Coastline Community College, and UC Irvine. He decided to attend those colleges because they were convenient. He studied several things like Psychology, Business, Economics, History, Philosophy, Geology, Elementary Education, and English.
Mr. Jones became interested in the teaching field because he wanted to be a better teacher than the ones he had in high school. Specifically he wanted to be an English teacher because he thought it would be "pretty cool to be paid to do what you love," which was reading books and writing. He has been teaching for 27 years. He has taught in Bell and Gahr high school in Cerritos. He came to LIBRA because he wanted to try something different. He was tired of the warehouse mentality of big high schools, and Ms. Davis also made him an offer he could not refuse.
He wanted to be a high school teacher instead of an elementary school teacher because of the more complex material. He plans to be a teacher until it's not fun for him anymore, and he plans to stay at LIBRA as long as he's a teacher. When it comes to the success with his students, he says, "During vacation I have time to think about it." He knows he has definitely made a difference.
He'll have plenty time to think about it if he's convicted. Currently being held on $1 million bail, a guilty verdict to the current charges could keep him locked up in state prison for life. He also may have to register as a sex offender for just as long.
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