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NISD board member indicted

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, March 30, 2013

{{{*}}}A Northwest ISD trustee was indicted by a Denton County grand jury Thursday on four counts of improper relationship between an educator and student.

Kerry Jones

Kerry Jones

Kerry Jones, 50, is accused of sexual misconduct with a former Colleyville-Heritage High School student. The Trophy Club resident had been a freshman counselor at the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD school until he came under investigation and was put on paid administrative leave last August.

That’s when a Child Protective Services caseworker notified the Trophy Club Police Department of its intentions to remove an 8-year-old foster son from the home of Jones – a longtime licensed foster parent and deputy constable in Denton County.

“When the investigators inquired as to why, that’s when allegations of past sexual misconduct surfaced and that’s what prompted the investigation,” said Lee Delk, spokesman for the Trophy Club PD.

The alleged offenses occured between April 2010 – when the male victim was 17 – and March 2011.

The investigation revealed no other victims, and none of the alleged incidents occured on school property, Delk added.

He expects his department to receive a warrant from the district attorney’s office for Jones’ arrest early next week.

Jones remains on paid administrative leave, and he has not been at any GCISD school during this school year, a GCISD spokesperson confirmed Friday morning.

Under NISD legal policy outlined by the Texas Association of School Boards, Jones may remain on the school board unless he is convicted or chooses to resign. As of Thursday afternoon, Jones retained the board’s Place 6, a position to which he was elected in May 2011. His term expires in May 2014.

In a statement issued Thursday afternoon, NISD Board President Mel Fuller said, “We want to remind the public that through our criminal justice system, defendants retain the presumption of innocence, unless proven guilty The board does not have the authority to issue a decision in that regard. The board will continue to monitor the situation and evaluate what action, if any, is appropriate with regard to Mr. Jones’ position on the Board.”

A release issued by the district read, “Northwest ISD officials have cooperated fully with law enforcement agencies during their investigation and will continue to do so “In Northwest ISD, we condemn any actions that would cause harm to a child.”

Jones, who has a master’s degree in education and counseling and administrative certifications, was a counselor at Northwest High School from August 1992 to August 2009. He also served as a Northwest High School boys’ soccer coach from 1992 to 1995.

“The board firmly believes that the alleged actions of one person should not reflect negatively on the teachers, administrators or others in the district, who work tirelessly each and every day, in partnership with parents and the community, to provide all students a premier education, preparing successful, productive citizens.”

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