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February 4, 2023

King City teacher arrested for sex with student

KING CITY — A 29-year-old teacher from Pinnacle Academy Charter School in King City has been arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old high school student.

According to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, earlier this week the department was notified of a possible inappropriate relationship between a male student from the Academy’s Independent Studies program and his teacher.

Following an investigation and contact with the victim, the Sheriff’s Office identified the teacher as Jennifer Suzanne Jones, 29, of King City. The investigation revealed that her relationship with the student began last November and continued for seven months, until this June.

JENNIFER JONES

“The relationship was sexual in nature between Jones and the victim,” said Det. Sgt. Bryan Hoskins. “We also learned that Jones provided the victim with marijuana to consume on numerous occasions.”

Hoskins said it is believed that none of the sexual activity occurred on school property.

Pinnacle Academy Charter School is part of the South Monterey County Joint Union High School District, which is cooperating with the Sheriff’s Office on this case. As of this month, Jones is no longer an employee of the school district.

“It is unknown at this time if there are any other victims of Jennifer Jones,” Hoskins said.

On Thursday, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division served a search warrant at Jones’ residence in the 600 block of Heirloom Place in King City. Hoskins said they found “evidence” inside the home but did not disclose what that was.

Jones was arrested and taken to Monterey County Jail with bail set at $300,000.

Anyone with information regarding this case or Jennifer Jones is asked to call Det. Javier Galvan at 831-755-3811 or Det. Sgt. Bryan Hoskins at 831-755-3773.

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