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Trustee arrested, released on bail

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Northwest ISD trustee accused of sexual misconduct with a former student was arrested last Wednesday in Denton County.

Kerry Dean Jones, 50, of Trophy Club was booked in around 5:10 p.m. and was released less than an hour later, at 5:56 p.m. on a $40,000 bond.

The Grapevine-Colleyville Heritage High School freshman counselor, who was placed on administrative leave by the district at the onset of the investigation in August, was indicted by a grand jury March 28 on four counts of improper relationship between educator and student.

A warrant for his arrest was issued April 2. Booking information forwarded by the Denton County Sheriff’s Office indicates Jones was arrested at 4:29 p.m. the next day in the DCSO lobby.

According to information obtained from the DCSO through an open records request, the alleged offenses occured April 20, Oct. 15 and Dec. 23, 2010 and March 11, 2011 – when the male victim was 17 and 18.

An investigation by the Trophy Club Police Department revealed no other victims, and none of the alleged incidents occured on school property.

Jones was elected to the NISD school board in May 2011. Under the district’s legal policy as outlined by the Texas Association of School Boards, Jones may remain on the school board unless he is convicted, chooses to resign or is removed by a citizen-filed petition.

“Current law does not allow for removal based on an indictment,” Board President Mel Fuller read in a statement at the conclusion of Monday’s regular board meeting. “As school board members, we are unpaid, elected officials who are not employed by Northwest ISD. We are each individually elected by registered voters who live in the school district. Neither us, as a board, nor the Northwest ISD administration have the legal authority to suspend a school board member.”

As of Friday afternoon, Jones, who was not at Monday’s meeting, retained Place 6 on the board. His term expires in May 2014.

“The board firmly believes that the alleged actions of one person should not reflect negatively on the teachers, administrators, or others in the district,” Fuller said in his statement Monday. “The NISD staff works tirelessly each and every day in partnership with parents and the community, to provide all students a premier education, preparing them to be successful, productive citizens.”

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.

He is a reserve deputy constable in Denton County’s Precinct 4, which spans from Krum, south to Ponder, Justin, Haslet and Roanoke; and as far east as Argyle, Bartonville and Flower Mound.

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