Thursday, October 20, 2005
Youth pastor suffered 'moral breakdown'
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Tinley Park, IL - A former Garfield Ridge high school teacher and Naperville youth pastor told a Will County judge Monday he was having a "disastrous moral breakdown" when he inappropriately and criminally touched two teen boys from his church.
Lloyd D. Jones, 44, of Indiana, said he had been a youth pastor and teacher since his own teens without any incident — and that his moral lapse stemmed from some deeper personal crisis.
"Being preoccupied with helping others, I failed to help myself," the former Kennedy High School drafting teacher said in a particularly articulate and elaborate statement, his low voice steady as he read.
"My crime is not one that seeks out this segment of the population — instead it was one of availability and convenience," he told Will County Judge Carla Alessio-Goode.
Defense attorney Stephen Naratil would not comment further on the nature of Jones' breakdown except to say, "Mr. Jones was very direct and blunt about it."
Jones already pleaded guilty to two aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges in Will County Court without knowing what his sentence would be. He admitted he made a sophomore boy from Calvary Church in Naperville perform a sex act on him while they were at Jones' apartment in 2004. He also said he inappropriately touched a 17-year-old he brought to his Naperville apartment in 2000.
Jones faces additional sex abuse charges in DuPage county in connection with another youth from the church. That case still is pending, defense attorney Stephen Naratil said. Jones left Kennedy in 2004. Prior to starting full-time teaching there in 1992, he had been a substitute teacher in several area schools.
Patricia Grosskopf, a Will County sex abuse expert, deemed Jones a high risk for relapse, based on tests.
Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Jones asked the judge for three to seven years prison time for Lloyd Jones' criminal sexual abuse conviction.
"What Mr. Jones was to these two men was someone they trusted," she said.
But Naratil asked for probation and further counseling, calling Lloyd Jones' requirement to join the sex offender registry "a modern-day scarlet letter."
"He wants treatment," Naratil said of his client, who has no prior criminal record.
Jones' elder brother, John Jones, said he was not disappointed in his younger sibling.
"I do hear in his voice his remorse," John Jones said. "He feels it was inappropriate."
Alessio-Goode will hand down her decision Nov. 18.
See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.
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