Trial delayed for former SE transportation director

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A jury trial for the former Sibley East School District’s transportation director charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct has been delayed until April.

Kevin David Jones, 48, appeared in court Thursday for an omnibus hearing for charges filed earlier this month, that he allegedly violated a restraining order.

Last fall, Jones was charged after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl from the fall of 2006 through the spring of 2008. He had served as the student’s transportation director at school, as bus driver for her athletic events, and as a supervisor during the girl’s summer employment at the school.

According to Assistant County Attorney Donald Lannoye, the jury trial, originally scheduled for March 24, has been postponed until April 13 at 8:30 a.m. The date was changed because the defense attorney and the judge had conflicts with the March 24 court date, Lannoye said.

The judge is also considering whether or not there was probable cause for the most recent charges, Lannoye said. If the court determines there is probable cause, a settlement conference on the more recent case will also be held April 13.

According to the most recent complaint, the alleged victim notified the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office one evening that she had been contacted by Jones via computer. The Sheriff’s Office then received a telephone call from Jones on February 28, admitting that he had contacted her.

Jones has been charged with violating a restraining order while falsely impersonating another and violating a restraining order when the victim is under 18. The maximum penalty for each count is five years in jail and/or $10,000 fine.

He was released from the Sibley County Jail Sunday, March 8 after posting $50,000 bail.

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