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No bail reduction for Jones

By Staff | Mar 14, 2009

Despite efforts by his attorney, a 39-year-old Blue Earth man charged with sex crimes involving two female juveniles remains in the Faribault County Jail.

Defense attorney William Grogin asked Judge Douglas Richards to reduce Bryan Wayne Jones’ bail to nothing — from $60,000 without conditions or a $30,000 bond with conditions.

Grogin described Jones as a married man with children, who was gainfully employed until the incident occurred.

“He has strong family connections in the area. His wife is gainfully employed,” says Grogin. “He is greatly needed by the family to start paying bills and assume his role as a breadwinner.”

County Attorney Brian Roverud disagreed with the defense attorney, telling Richards it is appropriate to maintain the current level of bail.

“We have two alleged victims. There is concern for the community’s safety,” says Roverud.

Richards denied the bail reduction request.

Grogin also asked for a one-hour contested omnibus hearing, saying he was going to challenge probable cause for Jones’ first charge — third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person at least 16 years old, but less than 18 and while in a position of authority.

Grogin says he plans to challenge probable cause of the other two charges as well; possessing of pornographic work, and the exhibiting, selling, printing, distributing or giving of obscene material to a juvenile.

According to police, Jones was taken into custody after they found pornographic images and messages on his computer and cell phones.

Authorities received a report from a school official that a juvenile female may have received inappropriate sexual text messages on her cell phone, and another girl had received flowers at school on three different occasions.

The 15-year-old admitted getting sexually explicit text messages from someone named “Bryan,” says the court complaint.

The 16-year-old told authorities she had sent Jones explicit picture messages of herself and that the two had consensual sex.