Colleyville Heritage counselor accused of improper relationship free on bail

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The former Colleyville Heritage High School counselor accused of having an improper relationship with a student is free on $40,000 bail, according to information obtained through an open records request.

Kerry Jones, 50, was booked into the Denton County Jail Wednesday and released the same day. Denton County Sheriff's Office staffers said they could not discuss the case, but directed the Star-Telegram to file an open records request, which was done on Thursday, April 4.

The sheriff's office subsequently forwarded "booking information" on Jones, who was elected to the Northwest district school board in 2010.

It stated that Jones was officially arrested at 4:29 p.m. Wednesday in the lobby of the sheriff's office in Denton. He was released on bail at 5:56 p.m., the records show.

Jones, of Trophy Club, was indicted on four counts of improper relationship between an educator and student, according to court records. The booking information was briefly available online Wednesday, but it reflected only three counts against him.

Mandy Smithers, a senior records custodian for the sheriff's office, explained in the response to the open records request that the fourth charge had not yet been processed in the jail database when the records were observed online. The fourth charge was added a short time later.

Also, a reference to "special circumstance" beside each count had nothing to do with terms of Jones' release, Smithers said.

"The comments are for our internal processing so that a single bond could be posted for four charges," she said.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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