Teacher indicted for sexual battery

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A former Rock Hill High School band director accused of sexual misconduct with two students has been indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury.

Scott Jones, 37, of 27 Private Drive 963 County Road 181, Ironton, was indicted on two counts of sexual battery.

He is accused of having sexual conduct with two female students. Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Mack Anderson said the conduct occurred at the school “some during school hours and some after school.”

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Both victims, Anderson said, testified before the grand jury.

It is the policy of The Ironton Tribune to not identify alleged victims of sex crimes.

Ohio Revised Code 2907.01 specifies sexual battery as intercourse, oral sex or penetration of any kind.

Anderson said if Jones is convicted of these charges, he could face a maximum of 10 years in prison, if served consecutively. Each count carries a maximum five-year prison sentence. He could also face thousands of dollars in fines.

Jones has apparently changed attorneys since his arrest. Initially he was represented by Ironton attorney Derick Fisher, but a representative of his office told The Ironton Tribune Tuesday that Fisher no longer represents Jones.

Ashland, Ky., attorney Michael Curtis was contacted regarding reports that he has been retained as Jones’ defense counsel. He did not return a telephone call made to his office, but a woman who answered the telephone at the Curtis law office said Curtis had spoken with Jones.

Jones was arrested May 16 by Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies.

He was one of two area teachers arrested the same day for sexual misconduct with students.

The other was Chesapeake High School teacher Donald “J.R.” Clark Jr.

His case is pending.