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May 5, 2014

Not guilty plea for former teacher

Ex-Knox Central coach faces one charge of third-degree rape

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of former Knox Central High School social studies teacher and coach Terry Jones, who was arraigned Friday in Knox County Circuit Court.

Jones, 37, of Heidrick,  faces one charge of third-degree rape — which he was indicted for April 25.

He was indicted for that charge after allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with a minor under age 18 on March 1 — and doing so as a person in a position of authority or special trust.

According to a statement released from Knox County schools, Jones was a teacher and assistant girls basketball coach during the 2013-2014 school year — but is now no longer employed by the school system.

After Jones was officially indicted, a warrant was issued for his arrest — he was arrested by the Kentucky State Police, according to a statement KSP has released.

On Friday, Jones, who has since been released on bond, stood before Judge Tom Jensen with his defense attorney, Lisa L. Fugate.

Fugate explained to the court during the very brief appearance that Jones was directly indicted on this charge and served with the arrest warrant.

Little more was said during the arraignment, but Fugate did enter Jones’ plea — he is next scheduled to appear for a pretrial conference June 6.

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