September 9, 2008

Roy Jones gets six years for molestation

RYAN ORR, Victorville Daily Press

September 9, 2008

VICTORVILLE -- Despite testimony from his family, a 68-year-old Victorville man was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for bribing a 12-year-old girl with a purse in exchange for sexual acts.

Roy Dale Jones in July was convicted of two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child and two counts of molesting children under the age of 18.

The abuse began in 2003 when Jones was living with his then-girlfriend and her 12- and 13-year-old daughters, whose names are being withheld to protect their privacy.

Jones' defense attorney, Robert Ponce, argued for probation instead of jail time, and called members of Jones’ family to testify about his character.

Jones was facing a maximum of 10 years in prison, but after hearing the argument from both sides, Superior Court Judge John Tomberlin sentenced Jones to six years, ordering him to serve at least 85 percent of the time, or about five years.

Jones himself testified before he was sentenced and admitted that what he did was not appropriate. That contradicted the testimony of Probation Officer Kim Wills, who testified that Jones actually blamed the victims, and because of that, he doesn’t feel he did anything wrong.

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