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Child rapist gets 68-year sentence

A HUNTINGTON BEACH was convicted Friday of sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl and faces 68 years in state prison (OC Tribune photo).

A HUNTINGTON BEACH was convicted Friday of sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl and faces 68 years in state prison (OC Tribune photo).

A former teacher was convicted Friday of sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl. In Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, Jeffrey Scott Jones, 56, a resident of Huntington Beach was found guilty by a jury of two felony counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child and one felony count of continuous sexual abuse.

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, he faces a maximum sentence of 68 years to life in state prison. His sentencing is set for Nov. 4.

Jones was a teacher in advanced placement English at Libra Academy is Huntington Park at the time of the offenses, and before that, taught at Bell High School in the city of Bell. The victim, in this case, was not one of his students.

He was convicted of the offenses against the victim from Sept. 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013. From May 4 to 9, 2013, Jones raped the girl, threatening that he would “ruin her life if she told anyone what he was doing.” The girl went to a friend’s house, and when he went to get her, the friend’s mother refused to allow Jones to take the girl.

The crime was reported to the Huntington Beach Police Department and Jones was arrested at his home on June 27, 2013.

After the verdict was read, Jones was involved in what officials describe as a “self-inflicted injurious incident.”

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