Arthur L. Jones Jr. – Repeat Sex Offender – Claims he broke in the home just to adjust the covers on the sleeping 11 year old


A registered sexual offender is accused of entering a relative’s home early Wednesday and molesting an 11-year-old girl before the girl’s brother threw him out of the house, state police said.

Arthur L. Jones Jr., 57, of 106 Circle St., Lot 47, Franklin Township, was charged with burglary, indecent assault, corruption of minors and harassment after he was found walking along Idlewild Drive in Big Beaver just after 3 a.m. Wednesday. Because of a past conviction, Jones is a registered sexual offender under the state’s Megan’s Law program.

Jones told state police that the entire incident Wednesday was nothing more than a “misunderstanding,” according to a criminal complaint.

State police said Jones apparently entered the home along Idlewild through an unlocked door.

According to a report written by trooper Edward Hermick Jr., the girl’s mother and the woman’s husband were awakened just before 3 a.m. by the shouts of the woman’s 15-year-old son.

When the adults went into the home’s living room, they saw Jones standing outside, Hermick’s report said.

The 15-year-old told state police that he had awakened and walked into the living room, where he found Jones lying on a couch. The boy’s 11-year-old sister was sleeping on her bed, which was at the end of the couch, the report said.

The 15-year-old said that he saw Jones rubbing his sister’s stomach with one hand and that Jones had reached under her pajamas with the other hand, touching her buttocks. The girl, Hermick said, told state police that she awoke when she felt Jones touching her stomach.

The 15-year-old told police he grabbed Jones and threw him outside.

As state police responded to the home, Hermick said, they saw Jones walking near there. Jones told troopers he had been in the home and was thrown out, but didn’t know why he was thrown out.

Later, as Jones was interviewed at the state police barracks in Brighton Township, he said he “may have been ‘adjusting’ the blanket on the girl’s bed and might have been ‘fixing’ her shirt when her brother misunderstood” his actions, the report said.

According to the state police’s Megan’s Law Web site, Jones was convicted of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse in 1991. Additional information about that offense wasn’t available Wednesday.

Jones remained jailed Wednesday afternoon, unable to post $20,000 cash bond set by District Judge C. Douglas Loughner.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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