DPS division chief fired after arrest for sexual assault

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The chief of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division has been arrested on a charge of sexual assault and was fired, the Texas Tribune reported.

The newspaper reported that John Jones was arrested by deputies with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and booked into jail on Tuesday. He was being held on a $750,000 bond. A woman has accused him of raping her at a party at his house on July 20.

The arrest affidavit states that the woman said Jones had been drinking heavily and drove her on his ATV to a secluded spot near his house and raped her. A forensic exam at an emergency room later showed trauma to the woman’s genitals and bruising on her body, the affidavit said.

The DPS released a statement to the Tribune on Wednesday saying that Jones had been fired.

“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,” the statement said.

KVUE reported that District Judge Tamara Needles later agreed to lower Jones’ bond to $100,000 on the condition that he not come within 200 yards of the complainant and that he surrender his passport and military ID and wear a GPS monitor attached to his leg. He remained in jail as of Thursday afternoon, the TV station reported.

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