A former California teacher was sentenced to 46 years to life in state prison on Friday for repeatedly sexually assaulting one of his students, who was just 13 at the time of the crimes. 57-year-old Jeffrey Jones was found guilty of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, in addition to a single count of continuous sexual abuse, according to a news release from the district attorney. Jones will also have to register as a sex offender, according to KTLA 5.
After his conviction for these crimes last October, Jones took out razor blade in court and cut his own throat, according to KTLA 5. Afterwards, he was rushed to a local hospital for treatment of what the district attorney called non-life-threatening injuries.
According to KTLA 5, Jones was accused of “frequently and continuously” sexually assaulting the then-13-year-old girl for seven months between 2012 and 2013, all while he taught advanced placement English at Libra Academy in Huntington Park. He raped the victim twice in May of 2013, and according to KTLA 5, and told the young girl he would ruin her life if she told anyone what happened. The crime was reported in June of 2013, and he was arrested the same month.
During his sentencing Friday, a statement was delivered on behalf of the victim and read in court.
“You broke and brought me down to feel worthless. There were days I blamed myself thinking I did something wrong to the point that I wanted to take my life,” the victim's statement said. “I was a little girl and you took my innocence. Parents and kids trusted you to be a teacher, not a predator. …. I have a family and a support system that you can’t take from me. I refuse to allow your abuse to stop the woman I want to become.”
[Photo: Orange County District Attorney’s Office]