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Texas DPS intelligence and counterterrorism chief fired after being arrested for sexual assault

John Jones
The Texas Department of Public Safety says the chief of their Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division has been fired after being charged with sexual assault.

John Jones was terminated by DPS on Tuesday, the same day he was arrested by investigators from the Travis County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers and booked in the Travis County Jail on the charge of sexual assault.

According to an affidavit, Travis County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call for a sexual assault at Jones' home in Leander on July 21st.

The victim, a woman in her 40s who was a friend of his wife, told investigators she had attended a party at Jones' residence the night before with 10 to 15 other people in attendance, and described Jones as a "pillar of the community" because he had met President Trump.

She told deputies she arrived at the home around 1 p.m. on July 20th and that Jones had been drinking all day to the point of him passing out. She said he woke up in the evening and began drinking again and around 9 p.m. offered to take her for a ride on his ATV.

Court documents state that the woman drove the ATV while Jones sat behind her as they traveled along trails and streets near his home. She said he then instructed her to go off road.

According to deputies, Jones then asked her when she last had sex. She thought the question was odd given Jones' position in the law enforcement community, but answered the question anyway.

She told investigators Jones then reached around her and aggressively grabbed the handlebars, pushing her forward and demanding he steer the ATV. The victim says they went off road and into a brushy clearing, where deputies say he sexually assaulted her.

Jones took part in a round table discussion with President Trump at the White House in January on border security, where he specifically mentioned his concern about the number of undocumented immigrants in Texas jails for sexual assault.

In a statement, the Texas DPS said:

The department takes allegations like this very seriously, and the Texas Rangers are working closely with the Travis County District Attorney's Office and the Travis County Sheriff's Office, which is leading this investigation.

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