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Possible Additional Victims Sought in Public Exposure Case

12/11/2023 6:00:00 PM

James Jones

James Jones

A man who exposed himself and completed a sex act in public has been charged with aggravated first degree sexual abuse, and authorities are asking that any other possible victims report any similar conduct by the man. James D. Jones II was charged in Platte County on December 8.

Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said, "We have reason to believe this defendant may have exposed himself and completed a sex act in public on other occasions. We believe he may have done so in the presence of middle-aged women or possibly others. We urge anyone who believes they may have witnessed such an act or have been victimized by this defendant to contact police."

Anyone who believes they may have witnessed or been victimized by Jones can call the Kansas City Police Department's Sex Crimes Unit at (816) 234-5520.

According to court documents, on September 13, a man alleged to be Jones was shopping in the children's section of a Platte County retail store. As an employee used the computer terminal in the store, Jones stood behind her. The woman allegedly felt him touch her lower back. 

Inside Store

James Jones pictured inside the store

The woman asked what Jones was doing, and he denied touching her. She then felt her lower back, which was wet. The woman yelled at Jones and told him to leave, which he did.

Court documents also state that the woman's jeans were recovered for testing, and the Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory identified semen on the jeans.

If convicted of aggravated first degree sexual abuse, Jones faces up to 15 years in prison. Jones is currently in custody. His bond has been set at $100,000 cash only.

Zahnd referred the public to a photo of Jones taken at the retail store and to a headshot of Jones.

The case is being investigated by the Kansas City Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Amanda Hanson.

The charge against Jones is merely an accusation, and Jones is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

You can find the charging documents regarding this case here and here

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