Thursday, May 29, 2008

Port St. Lucie, FL man will spend year in jail, 9 years on SO probation

A Port St. Lucie, FL man will spend the next year in the Martin County jail and nine years on sex offender probation following being pleading no contest on charges that he groped two women and an 11 year old girl at a music festival last fall.

Richard Jones, 43, who had been living with his mother at 2685 S.E. Mariposa Street, pleaded no contest to lewd and lascivious conduct on a child and two counts of misdemeanor battery.

His sentencing was delayed several days to give him time to move out of his mother's home, which is near Mariposa Elementary School. A condition of his probation when he is released from jail will be that Jones may not live near a school, day care center or any other place where children congregate.

Jones, who had been drinking, was arrested after a mother reported that her 11 year old daughter had been groped, and after the incident involving the child, two women also reported victimization.

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