Jeffrey Scott Jones, 57, a former California teacher, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, when he slit his own throat with a razor blade in an attempt at suicide. Last week, he was finally sentenced to 46 years behind bars.
Jones, who taught AP English at a middle school, was brought to court in October after his relationship with a 13-year-old girl was revealed. The girl, known only as “Jane Doe” because of her young age, reported that he had repeatedly assaulted her, one day having sex with her, and telling her she must keep it a secret or it will ruin his life.
It wasn’t until one day, when the young girl was visiting a friends house, that the teacher decided to come and pick her up. The mother in the home refused to allow the teacher to take her from the home, letting the victim’s parents know what happened.
The Daily Mail Reports:
‘The victim went to a friend’s home and the defendant went to get her. The friend’s mother refused to allow the defendant to take Jane Doe.’
The crime was reported to Huntington Beach police in May 2013, and Jones was arrested on June 27, 2013, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors presented DNA evidence they said implicated Jones but his lawyer argued the DNA evidence was not conclusive and claimed the girl lied to cover up her marijuana use.
Moments after being convicted, Jones pulled out a razor blade and slashed his throat.
Prosecutors said he had a non-life threatening injury, and ‘was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment before being taken into custody’.
‘Right after the judge asked if we wanted jurors polled, both attorneys said no, and then he took a razor out of his left pocket and slashed his throat,’ prosecutor Heather Brown previously told City News Service.
‘His head hit the table, and I thought he fainted. But then I saw the blood and the razor on the table.’
Defense attorney Ed Welbourn said he was sitting next to his client but did not see him cut his throat but became concerned when Jones’ head hit the table they were sitting at.
Prosecutors said that at Jones’ Friday sentencing, a victim impact statement was read in court on behalf of the girl, which said: ‘You broke and brought me down to feel worthless.
‘There were days I blamed myself thinking I did something wrong to the point that I wanted to take my life … I was a little girl and you took my innocence.
‘Parents and kids trusted you to be a teacher, not a predator.’
It ended with: ‘I have a family and a support system that you can’t take from me. I refuse to allow your abuse to stop the woman I want to become.’