Former OKC Deacon Sentenced for Molestation

Associated Press, carried in Tulsa World
November 25, 2008

OKLAHOMA CITY — A church deacon who was arrested for molesting a 7-year-old girl has been sentenced to prison.

An attorney for Stanley Dale Jones sought to keep the 72-year-old from getting a prison term after he pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual abuse of a child.

But District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure sentenced Jones to three years in prison and seven years of probation on Monday.

Jones was a deacon and song leader at Eastside Church of Christ, but he resigned those positions after his June 2007 arrest. He apologized to his family and his church afterward.

On Monday he called what he did "the worst decision I ever made in my life."

Jones, a former band director at Carl Albert High School, has been in sex offender treatment since a month after his arrest.

He had hoped to remain out of prison to continue that treatment, which his doctor said should last four to six more years.


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