Northeast Tarrant

Ex-Colleyville Heritage counselor continues legal battle on sex charges

An ex-Collevyille Heritage High School counselor has another hearing next month in Denton on charges of improper relationship between educator and student. He’s accused of having sexual encounters with a male student from April 2010 to March 2011.
An ex-Collevyille Heritage High School counselor has another hearing next month in Denton on charges of improper relationship between educator and student. He’s accused of having sexual encounters with a male student from April 2010 to March 2011.

Four years ago, Kerry D. Jones was a Northwest school district board member, a counselor at Colleyville Heritage High School and a reserve deputy constable in Denton County.

Today, Jones, 54, of Trophy Club, has none of those positions. He was indicted in 2013 by a Denton County grand jury on four counts of improper relationship between an educator and student. But he still hasn’t been tried.

Jones’ trial has been canceled four times, he’s changed defense attorneys and a special prosecutor from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office is now handling the case, according to Denton County criminal court records.

Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Kelly Meador who was appointed in October 2015 declined to comment because the case is pending. Stephen Wohr of Denton, Jones’ current defense attorney, also declined to comment.

A hearing for Jones who is out on $40,000 bail is scheduled next month in the 362nd District Court in Denton.

Jones is accused of having sexual encounters with a male student at Jones’ home between April 2010 and March 2011, according to Trophy Club police reports.

Authorities began an investigation on Jones after receiving a complaint in 2012 from a male student who was legally an adult.

The student was 17 at the time of the first encounter, Trophy Club police said.

In August 2012, the student notified state Child Protective Services of the encounters, authorities said. At the time, Jones, the father of three adult sons, was a licensed foster parent caring for an 8-year-old boy. The student told a CPS caseworker that he was concerned Jones might do something inappropriate with the boy.

The boy was moved from Jones’ home and the Trophy Club man is no longer a licensed foster parent, according to CPS records.

CPS subsequently informed Trophy Club police, and an investigation of the student’s complaint began.

The investigation was presented to a Denton County grand jury, which indicted Jones in March 2013.

After the indictment, officials at Colleyville Heritage High School sent letters to parents indicating that police had confirmed that the alleged misconduct did not occur on school property and that no other students related to CHHS were involved.

Colleyville Heritage is in the Grapevine-Colleyville district. Trophy Club is in the Northwest school district.

Jones was a counselor at Northwest High School from 1992 to 2009 and was the school’s soccer coach from 1992-95, according to a Northwest school district news release.

He served on the Northwest school board from 2011 until 2013, according to the school board website.

On Jones’ 2011 school board campaign website, he said he had a master’s degree in education and counseling from the University of North Texas and had three grown sons. The website also said he was a reserve deputy constable in Denton County and held a state peace officer’s license.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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