June 18, 2024

Former Youth Pastor, Reserve Deputy Arrested On Child Sex Charges In Long Beach

Morgan Howard

 A former youth pastor and reserve deputy in Long Beach was arrested on child sex charges.

WLOX reports that John Douglas Jones worked at First Baptist Church in Long Beach and was also a former Harrison County reserve deputy.

He has been arrested on two counts of sexual battery and one count of touching a child for lustful purposes.

According to police, Chief Seal with the Long Beach Police Department said the investigation began in November of 2022 when the family of a female victim alerted authorities, alleging that pastor John Douglas Jones was abusing the victim. Jones left the church soon after the investigation began.

He was arrested after he was indicted by a grand jury.

WLOX reports that Jones met the victim through the youth program at First Baptist Church.

Jones was also a reserve deputy with the department from 2018 to 2022. He was asked to leave after the allegations were made, according to Harrison County Sheriff Haley.

Reserve deputies serve as needed or during special events. Reserves do not fall under civil service protection.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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