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Monroe County Sheriff arrested by West Virginia State Police on Friday

CHARLESTON — A West Virginia sheriff has been arrested for allegedly interfering in an investigation of a deputy accused of soliciting nude photographs of a minor, according to a press release from the State Police.

“Earlier this year, Sergeant S. S. Keaton initiated an investigation into a Monroe County Deputy Sheriff for soliciting nude photographs of a minor,” according to the release. “Information discovered during this investigation revealed that the Monroe County Sheriff, Jeffrey Wayne Jones, interfered with this investigation by deceiving the Monroe County Civil Service Commission during the hiring of the deputy under investigation. Sheriff Jones also failed to file a referral with the WV Department of Health and Human Resources, and failed to comply with a lawfully issued subpoena.

“The Special Prosecutor assigned to this investigation instructed Sergeant Keaton to obtain warrants and arrest Sheriff Jones for Failure to Report as a Mandated Reporter, Obstructing, and Deceiving Proper Standing to County Civil Service Commission. On [Friday], he was arrested and arraigned in the Monroe County Magistrate Court System.

“Sheriff Jones was released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.”

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