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Basketball coach held on $500,000 bail in sexual assault

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Updated: February 27, 2013 6:13AM

The former boys’ basketball coach at a Chicago Public School charter school was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail Friday for allegedly forcing a 17-year-old student to perform a sex act in the back of his car.

Kevin Jones, who was a part-time coach at Epic Academy, 8255 S. Houston, also allegedly pushed another 17-year-old girl’s head and shoulders onto his lap after he unzipped his pants on the night of Jan. 17, assistant Cook County state’s attorney Joell Zahr said.

Jones, 33, had been taking the girls home after a basketball game before driving into the alley in the 8500 block of South Green Bay and attacking the teenagers, authorities said.

Jones, a married father of two, allegedly went into the back seat with the girls and first tried to assault one of them, who successfully resisted.

According to a police report, Jones put his arm around the other girl and told the first girl to get out of the vehicle.

That girl got out but then realized she didn’t know where she was, so she came back to the car and saw the other two engaged in a sex act, the report said.

Jones eventually took the second girl home, Zahr said.

The first girl told a teacher about alleged incident at Epic the next day. The second girl told her mother a few days later, Zahr said.

Jones was not a teacher at the school, according to a prepared statement from Epic Academy. As of Jan. 18, he was no longer working at the school.

Jones, of the 8300 block of South Kerfoot, is facing sexual assault and attempted criminal sexual assault charges.

Judge Edward Harmening forbade Jones to have any contact with children under the age of 18 other than his children, which means he can no longer work at LEARN charter school, 1700 W. 83rd, where he teaches physical education.

Although the alleged incident did not occur at LEARN or with any of its students, Jones was terminated from the charter school, according to a statement from LEARN officials Friday.

During Friday’s bond hearing, the mother of one of the victim’s was escorted out of court by her family members when she cried out, “That’s my child.”

The hysterical woman’s relatives followed her outside where she crumpled to the floor. Jones, a Robeson High School and Chicago State University graduate, is currently working on a master’s degree at Concordia University, his attorney Jeffrey Granich said.

“We’re shocked by the allegations. He’s led an exemplary life. He’s a very good guy,” Granich said.

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