By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A 36-year-old Dublin man charged with felony aggravated sexual battery was found guilty of a reduced charge of misdemeanor sexual battery under a plea agreement Monday.
Craig Boyd Jones pleaded no contest under a statute that alleges he sexually abused a child under the age of 18 “by force, threat, intimidation, or ruse.”
According to court records, the incident is alleged to have happened in March 2011. Defense attorney Anthony Anderson stipulated evidence was sufficient for a finding of guilt, so special prosecutor William Winters did not offer any evidence.
As stipulated in the plea agreement, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. sentenced Jones to 12 months in jail, with 10 months suspended, and fined him $2,000, with all but $500 suspended. Jones will be allowed to serve the jail sentence on weekends, beginning Nov. 8. He was also placed on two years of supervised probation.
Other special conditions of the agreement are that Jones receive outpatient sex offender counseling, have no contact with the victim or her family, register as a sex offender and have no unsupervised contact with minors under the age of 18 (unless counselors recommend he have no contact with minors).
“I assure you if you violate any of these terms, you’ll pull the suspended time, no ifs, ands or buts,” Long told Jones. He also warned him against being late to jail on weekends or deciding not to show up at all.