Crime

Lenny Jones charged with 4 felonies in alleged molestation

Lawrence Lucien Jones, 63, of Arroyo Grande was arrested Monday, April 13, 2015, on suspicion of kidnapping, penetration with a foreign object and child molestation. Original story »
Lawrence Lucien Jones, 63, of Arroyo Grande was arrested Monday, April 13, 2015, on suspicion of kidnapping, penetration with a foreign object and child molestation. Original story »

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office has filed six criminal charges against Lawrence “Lenny” Jones, Arroyo Grande’s 2014 Citizen of the Year, following his arrest Monday on suspicion of child molestation.

The District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday afternoon announced it filed felony charges of oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child under 10 years old, kidnapping for the purpose of child molestation, lewd acts with a child under 14 years old, and using a minor for sex acts.

He also faces misdemeanor charges of annoying or molesting a child and destruction of evidence.

Jones, a prominent real estate agent in Arroyo Grande and the Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Citizen of the Year, was arrested Monday after allegedly molesting two girls who were attending a birthday party at his home, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said Tuesday.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Jones remained in custody in the San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

He is scheduled to appear at an arraignment Thursday morning in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

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