Lawrence “Lenny” Jones, Arroyo Grande’s 2014 Citizen of the Year, remained in San Luis Obispo County Jail on Tuesday evening after being arrested Monday on suspicion of child molestation.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that Jones, a prominent Arroyo Grande real estate agent, is accused of molesting two girls under the age of 14 while they were attending a birthday party at his home March 24.
He was arrested Monday on suspicion of kidnapping, penetration with a foreign object and child molestation.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said Tuesday that an investigation into Jones began following the birthday party, around March 24. That investigation remains ongoing, Cipolla said.
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No other details were available Tuesday.
Jones, whom the Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce named Citizen of the Year in January, has served on the boards of directors for several local organizations and held a real estate office in the city since 1996.
Jones is past board chair of the Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce, president of the Pismo Coast Association of Realtors and past president of the Rotary Club of Arroyo Grande. An Arroyo Grande resident, he also has been involved in Arroyo Grande in Bloom and Arroyo Grande Tree Guild.
Jill Tucker, executive director of Woods Humane Society, said Tuesday that she was “shocked and saddened” by the allegations against Jones, who she said ended his tenure on the Humane Society’s board of directors in March.
Several other organizations that Jones was a member of did not return requests for comment Tuesday.
A review of court records shows that Jones has no criminal convictions in San Luis Obispo County.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Jones remained in San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. The District Attorney’s Office had yet to file charges and schedule an arraignment.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 781-4500.