Teacher indicted on same charges

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Due to a clerical error in the first indictment, a Rock Hill High School teacher has been re-indicted in connection with sexual misconduct involving two of his students.

Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr. said Scott Jones, 37, of 27 Private Drive 963 County Road 181, Ironton, was re-indicted last week on one count of sexual battery and still faces a second charge from an indictment handed down in June.

Collier said the first indictment handed down last month contained a clerical error in one of the two indictments involving one of two alleged victims. One victim was named twice in one place instead of each victim being named in that portion of the indictment.

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“Rather than asking the court to amend it, we re-indicted,” Collier said.

Jones was arrested May 16 by Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies and is accused of having sexual conduct with two female students. Authorities contend the conduct occurred at the school both during school hours and after school. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and is on leave from the school district pending the outcome of his case.

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

An indictment does not determine innocence or guilt. It is merely a formal criminal charge filed against an individual who may then face a trial in court.

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.