Teacher, preacher guilty of sexual exploitation

By on May 14, 2009

by Susan O’Neill
Douglas R. Jones, 48, of the 100 block of Middle Ave in Aurora, awaits sentencing on a charge of sexual exploitation of a child, a class 4 felony. A jury found Jones guilty earlier this year.

Sugar Grove police arrested Jones in July 2007 based on a report filed by a Walnut Woods resident, the father of the 3-year-old boy. The father said his son was walking toward the ice cream truck parked at the end of his driveway when the father saw Jones expose himself.

According to Sugar Grove investigator John Sizer, Jones also had a permit to work in Elburn, and had worked there the previous summer. Jones had also been a substitute teacher in the East Aurora school system, and was on the Kane County Regional Board of Education.

Sizer said that when he looked into Jones’ background, Jones had no prior convictions for sexual-related offenses nor was he a registered sex offender. However, Sizer said there were a number of things that were in Jones’ background that raised red flags, although the information was not allowed to be divulged during the trial.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that this guy is a pedophile,” Sizer said. “He’s just never been caught.”

He said that Jones had been an ordained Presbyterian minister with the Blackhawk Presbytery, where he was relieved of each of his church assignments after a very short tenure.

“I don’t think he lasted more than a year in any of them,” Sizer said.

Sizer said that during his investigation, although people were very reluctant to talk to him about specifics, the parishioners of the churches voiced concerns about what they said was inappropriate behavior with members of the youth groups.

“There were rumors and speculation that I couldn’t substantiate, but there was so much of it that you’ve got to believe there’s some truth to it,” Sizer said.

Jones’ sentencing hearing is set for Thursday, May 21.