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Former Teacher Arrested for Sex Crimes
A former teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student has been arrested.
The Oklahoma County Sheriff arrested Pascal Jones Wednesday on 25 sex-related charges. Investigators say Jones carried on a sexual relationship with a student at Marcus Garvey Charter School.
Among Jones' charges are 10 counts of forcible oral sodomy, 5 charges of rape in the first degree by instrumentation, and 10 counts of indecent or lewd acts with a child under 16.
A former teacher told FOX 25 on March 4th the charges are long overdue because the potential for an inappropriate relationship was reported years before the school took action.
The former teacher asked us to conceal her identity, but says she taught on the same floor as Jones and witnessed him and a girl alone together more than once.
“The glass to the classroom was usually covered with paper whether it was children's artwork or schoolwork or rules or whatever,” the former teacher said.
The teacher said students talked openly about an inappropriate relationship existing between the Jones and the young girl.
“They had made a lot of alarming, to me they were alarming, allegations that I was surprised others weren't listening to.”
According to court documents the girl says the relationship started in 2010 and all the sex acts happened inside Jone’s classroom.
“It broke my heart to know that I was next door and it could have happened while I was there,” the former teacher said.
The teacher said she took her concerns about Jones to the school's administration at Marcus Garvey in 2011. However she says in her entire time at the school nothing was ever said or done about her report.
Court records indicated the school did hold a teacher’s meeting about the concerns in 2012, but the meeting happened nearly a year after the former teacher says she reported something was wrong. “At the end of the day, it seems like the school is trying to cover it up.”
The school would not comment on the day we originally reported the story. Instead, they directed us to the president of the school board who did not return our calls.
Jones' bond was set at $750,000.
Posted: Thursday, March 21 2013, 09:51 PM CDT
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