December 19, 2014
Days after a teenage girl joined the boys’ basketball team at a South Side Chicago Public charter school, she said her coach lured her away from his daughter’s birthday party and kissed her.
Weeks later, in December 2012, Kevin Jones allegedly made the 17-year-old fondle him and had sex with her at a motel.
Then, a month later, Jones asked the girl and her classmate to perform a sex act on him in the back of his Ford Explorer after placing a child’s car seat in the trunk, the teenager, now 18, testified against her former mentor Wednesday.
Jones, a former part-time coach at Epic Academy, 8255 S. Houston Avenue, used his trust and authority to manipulate and attack the girls, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Elizabeth Ciaccia said at the opening of Jones’ trial.
“…That’s not how you inspire them [students.],” the prosecutor said, pointing to how Jones had once exposed himself, assuring a victim, “Someday when you’re ready, this can be yours.”
While one teenager said she refused to give in to Jones’ inappropriate requests and ran out of his car on Jan. 17, 2013, the other said she complied “because he told me to.”
Defense attorney Dennis Sherman said the latter teen made inconsistent statements about details surrounding the alleged attacks before the grand jury and on the witness stand.
“You’re going to hear a lot of lies,” Sherman told jurors earlier.
“There is no physical evidence. There’s no rape kit. It’s just a ‘he said,’ she said.’”
The teenager who accused Jones of sexually assaulting her has since filed a civil lawsuit against Jones and Epic Academy.
However, the student who managed to escape from Jones hasn’t sued, therefore giving her no ulterior motive to lie about how she saw her friend performing a sex act on him, Ciaccia stressed.
The young woman who escaped also testified about how Jones tried to “force” her down on him before she fled in an alley in the 8500 block of South Green Bay Avenue.
Jones took the stand late Wednesday afternoon and denied any sexual contact between him and his students.
The married father of two no longer works for Epic Academy.
Following his arrest last year, Jones, 37, also was fired from his job as a physical education teacher at LEARN charter school, 1700 W. 83rd.
Jones, of the 8300 block of South Kerfoot Avenue, is facing criminal sexual assault, attempted criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges.
Closing arguments in Jones’ trial are expected before Judge Stanley Sacks on Thursday.