Northwest school board member accused of improper relationship with student

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A counselor at Colleyville Heritage High School, who is also a Northwest school board member, has been indicted on four counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student, authorities said Thursday.

Kerry Jones, 50, of Trophy Club was indicted by a Denton County grand jury.

In a letter to parents Thursday, Colleyville Heritage Principal Joe Harrington said school officials learned of the indictments Thursday afternoon.

Jones has been on administrative leave since Aug. 10, 2012, "pending the results of a police investigation," Harrington said.

"Police have confirmed the alleged misconduct did not occur on school property and that no other students related to CHHS are involved," Harrington wrote.

Investigators reported that Jones and the male student, who was legally an adult, had encounters at Jones' home between April 2010 and March 2011, said Cmdr. Lee Delk, a spokesman for the Trophy Club police department.

Delk said his office had not received an arrest warrant from the district attorney's office, but he expects one early next week.

A spokeswoman for the Denton County district attorney's office said she would not provide information about indictments until the person indicted has been arrested.

Trophy Club is in the Northwest school district. Jones was elected to the district's board of trustees in May 2011 for a term that ends in May 2014.

The board will "continue to monitor the situation and evaluate what action, if any, is appropriate with regard to Mr. Jones' position" as a trustee, board President Mel Fuller said in a news release.

Lesley Weaver, a school district spokeswoman, said under district policy, Jones "can remain on the board unless there is a conviction or if he chooses to resign."

As of Thursday afternoon, district officials had received no word from Jones about his intentions, she said.

District officials have known since August that Jones was under investigation by Trophy Club police, Weaver said. He has attended board meetings "off and on" since. He was present at Monday's meeting, Weaver said.

Jones was employed as a counselor at Northwest High School from 1992-2009 and was the school's soccer coach from 1992-1995, the news release said.

On Jones' 2011 campaign website, he said he has a master's degree in education and counseling from the University of North Texas and has three grown sons. The website also says he is a reserve deputy constable in Denton County and holds a state peace officer's license.

Jones could not be reached to comment Thursday.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

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