A former candidate for Seminole County judge was sentenced to house arrest and probation as part of a plea deal to lesser charges for having sex with a teenage girl who worked on his campaign, court documents show.

XXXXX XXXXX was initially arrested and charged with unlawful sexual activity with a 17-year-old in September 2019.

Under a plea deal with the state Jones was not sentenced to any sexual offenses. The 42-year-old entered a guilty plea to child abuse, a third-degree felony, and tampering with evidence, also a third-degree felony.

On Thursday, a judge sentenced Jones to 2 years house arrest and 8 years probation. He must obey by a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and can only leave the home for work. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim and must pay for her ongoing counseling services.

As part of the plea Jones admitted he had sex with a 17-year-old and then attempted to cover it up. He washed the sheets, deleted the Ring security video from two cameras that captured the victim in the home and bought the teen the “after morning” pill. He said he also only communicated with the victim via Snapchat “which was deleteable.”


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