Northwest ISD Trustee Indicted for Improper Student Relationship

By Greg Janda
|  Friday, Mar 29, 2013  |  Updated 9:17 AM CDT
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School Board Member Indicted for Improper Relationship

Kerry Jones, 50, was indicted Thursday evening by a Denton County Grand Jury on four counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student.

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Trophy Club police are expected to issue an arrest warrant for a Northwest Independent School District school board member accused of having an improper relationship with a 17-year-old male student from Colleyville Heritage High School.

Kerry Jones, 50, was indicted Thursday evening by a Denton County Grand Jury on four counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student.

According to Trophy Club police, the relationship allegedly happened between the spring of 2010 and spring of 2011, while Jones was working as a counselor in the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District's Colleyville Heritage High School.

Cmdr. Lee Delk, with the Trophy Club Police Department, told the Star-Telegram that the investigation into the relationship began after the student notified Child Protective Services about the encounters and warned the department that they were worried Jones may do something inappropriate with an 8-year-old boy that Jones was fostering. CPS confirmed Jones has been a foster parent since 2002, but did not comment on investigation.

Grapevine-Colleyville school district officials said Jones was placed on administrative leave on Aug. 10, 2012, after leaders were notified of the investigaton into the alleged relationship. A press release stated he had not been at any GCISD school during the school year.

Police said the incidents did not occur on school property and do not involve other CHHS students. GCISD leaders said they are continuing to cooperate with police during the investigation.

Trophy Club police told the Star-Telegram that the student involved was 17-years-old at the time of the first sexual encounter, which allegedly occured at Jones' home. Because the alleged offense took place in Trophy Club, that police deparment is in charge of getting the arrest warrant for Jones.

Delk told NBC 5 the warrant for Jones' arrest is expected to be issued early next week.

Jones was elected to the Northwest school board in 2011. Northwest officials said they have known since August that Jones was under investigation and will "continue to monitor the situation and evaluate what action, if any, is appropriate with regard to Mr. Jones' position."

Under district policy, Jones can remain on the board unless he is convicted or chooses to resign.

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