July 22, 2009
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Paul Edward Jones received a 40-year sentence for sexual battery and statutory rape involving four children. Ten years of his sentence will be suspended. Jones will be required to serve every day of his thirty year sentence in jail without the possibility of parole. In addition, he will be required to register as a sexual offender upon his release.
Guest stated, “Jones is a sick individual who deserves to spend the next three decades in prison for the damage that he caused these children. The victims will have to forever live with the memories of abuse caused by a close relative.”
Guest added, “I wish this case would have come to light much earlier so we could have been able to prevent Jones from sexually abusing these children. But for the bravery of one of the victims coming forward, Jones would still have the opportunity to harm them and harm others. This courageous child and the hard work of the Pearl Police Department has ended a nightmare for the victims and saved countless other children from possible abuse.”
In June 2008, the Pearl Police Department was contacted by a family member of a victim and informed them that a child had been sexually assaulted. Upon further investigation, it was determined that three other children had also been sexually assaulted.
Once it was determined that Jones was the perpetrator, officers from the Pearl Police Department went to his workplace to arrest him. However, they found that he had left moments before their arrival. Officers began an aggressive search for Jones and within an hour, they found him hiding behind a trash container. He was then arrested.
Jones was questioned by law enforcement at the time of his arrest and admitted to having inappropriate sexual contact with the children.
The Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center and the Rankin Children’s Advocacy Center later interviewed the children and found the children to be truthful and credible.