CLAYTON - The former Country Club Hills police officer accused of telling a woman motorist she could either have sex with him or be arrested for drunken driving has been convicted of corruption.
Timothy H. Jones, 50, of Troy, Mo., was found guilty Friday in St. Louis County Circuit Court of a felony — acceding to corruption by a public servant.
Judge Thomas Prebil found Jones guilty Friday, after a two-day bench trial earlier this month. Sentencing is set for Dec. 20 in St. Louis County Circuit Court.
Prebil ordered a pre-sentence investigation before he hands down a sentence. The report will detail Jones’ past.
Prosecutors will be asking for a four-year prison sentence.
According to court documents, Jones pulled over a 24-year-old woman on Nov. 10, 2010, ?on suspicion of drunken driving on Interstate 70 near Lucas and Hunt Road. He had her perform a field-sobriety test, then told her she could either be arrested or have sex with him, authorities say. He then drove her in his patrol car to her home, where they engaged in “several sexual acts,” court documents say.
The woman apparently left her cellphone in Jones’ patrol car. When police began researching to whom it belonged, they reached the woman’s mother, who made accusations about what had happened. St. Louis County police launched an investigation. Jones stayed on the force during the inquiry. He had resigned, without explanation, by the time he was charged in August 2011.
Jones worked for Country Club Hills for about one year. He had been a Jennings officer for two decades before that.
Jones holds a Class A police officer’s license but is not currently commissioned with any department, according to Mike O’Connell, a spokesman with the Missouri Department of Public Safety.