Crime

Photos on Lenny Jones' computer led to 4th molestation victim, authorities say

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 »

Yet another victim has been identified in the investigation into alleged child molestation by prominent Arroyo Grande real estate agent Lawrence “Lenny” Jones.

As a result, Jones is now being held in San Luis Obispo County Jail without bail.

Officials had already identified three potential child victims. On Monday afternoon, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office announced that a 3-year-old boy is also believed to have been abused by Jones.

The three previously identified victims — three girls, whose ages have not been released — and the boy all attended a birthday party at Jones’ home last month, where the alleged abuse occurred.

Sheriff’s investigators identified the alleged victim through explicit photographs found on a computer allegedly belonging to Jones and confiscated by detectives during a search of Jones’ home.

The Sheriff’s Office in a news release Monday said that the photos corroborate information given to detectives by the alleged victims.

Jones was previously charged with 10 felony and misdemeanor counts, including oral copulation and 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 destruction of evidence.

On Monday, he was rebooked on additional charges of possession of explicit photos of a child under the age of 14 and exploitation of a minor, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor molesting or annoying a child.

As a result of the new charge, a San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge ruled to hold Jones in custody without bail. He was previously being held in lieu of $1.1 million bail.

The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation remains ongoing and is asking anyone with additional information to call the Detectives Bureau at 781-4500.

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