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Andrews man sentenced to 37 years

by James Ehle - jehle@h-ponline.com

An Andrews man convicted of three counts of child molestation and one count of possession of child pornography was sentenced to 27 years in prison and 10 years probation.

Jonathon James Jones, 27, pleaded guilty to two Level 1 felony counts of child molestation, a Level 4 felony count of child molestation and a Level 5 felony for possession of child pornography. Nine other counts of possession of child pornography were dismissed, according to the plea agreement. 

Jones was arrested on Nov. 7, 2018.

Jones had served 306 days in jail at the time of his sentencing on Monday. He will recieve credit for those days served.

Dropbox, a company offering online file storage, informed FBI agents about an account in Huntington County which held several images of child pornography known to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), along with two images taken in April of 2018 that were not known to NCMEC, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The FBI tip led ISP officers to the Andrews, Ind. address, where they confronted Jones, who admitted that he had taken the photos, according to the affidavit. Jones reportedly told police he tried to delete them but accidentally sent them using the KIK, a messenger application.

Jones signed a release allowing police to analyze his phone and confirmed that the photo uploaded to Dropbox showing sexual acts was taken by him.

He reportedly told police that he was not trying to hurt the child.

Jones said that he was not aroused by the photos but was taking the photos to send to another man, saying his motivation came from “what he was getting in return from the male subject he was sending it too (sic),” according to police reports.

He also allegedly confessed to police that he had done similar acts at a home in Noblesville, Ind. within the past six months, according to police reports.