SEMINOLE COUNTY, Florida. —
A former Seminole County Assistant State Attorney has entered a plea on two felony charges of having sex with a minor who worked for him.
There was emotional testimony on Thursday in court from the victim, as Andrew Jones took the deal.
WESH 2’s Bob Hazen explains why he will avoid jail time for the crime.
This former prosecutor, who wanted to be a judge, admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old girl. The victim testified she still has nightmares about it. But the lawyer’s plea deal means he will not have to register as a sex offender or do any prison time.
The victim told the judge she will never be the same because of what happened when she was 17 and working on the election campaign of now 42-year-old Andrew John Jones.
He was a former assistant state attorney, running to be a Seminole County judge, but in August 2019, he was accused of raping the teen at his Longwood home.
The victim testified she felt shame, even though she had done nothing wrong.
Jones was originally charged with sexual assault. In court, he admitted to having sex with her, but pleaded guilty to just aggravated child abuse and tampering with evidence.
It was a plea deal allowing Jones to avoid prison time, instead serving two years on community control and eight on probation.
He will not have to register as a sex offender.
The victim’s lawyer told WESH 2 News that he does not believe Jones is getting off easy.
Jones was able to leave court and go home.
The victim said she will never get her life back.