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HS coach charged with sex assault

A high school basketball coach is charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old female student.

Kevin Jones is accused of assaulting the girl while giving her a ride home last week.

Jones is a varsity boys’ basketball coach at Epic Academy Charter School in the South Shore neighborhood.

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The coach accused of sexually assaulting a teen student appeared in court Friday morning.

One of the victim’s mothers was screaming and had to be escorted out of the courthouse by Cook County Sheriff’s Deputies following the hearing.

Kevin Jones33-year-old Kevin Jones was charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault and one count of attempted criminal sexual assault.  He was a basketball coach at Epic Academy Charter School on the South Side.

Prosecutors said that Jones drove a 17-year-old girl and her friend home after a basketball game last Thursday.  He parked his car in an alley in the 8500 block of South Green Bay Avenue and got into the back seat with the girls.  Prosecutors said he tried to force one of the girls to perform a sex act on him, but she resisted and got out of the car.  Prosecutors also said the girl then witnessed Jones and her friend engage in a sex act.

Assistant State’s Attorney Joell Zahr said “The offender then drove victim number one home and victim number two told a teacher at the school the following day, victim number one told her mother a few days later”

One of the girl’s attorneys spoke to reporters after the hearing Friday.

Brad Cosgrove said “My client is upset by the conduct of her coach, betrayal of coach.”

But Jones’ attorney, Jeffrey Granich, said his client is innocent of these charges.  He says Jones is married with two young children, serves as a deacon at his church and has no criminal history.

“At this point we’re all shocked about these charges, he’s lead an exemplary life, he’s a good, we’re looking forward to the trial and clearing his name,” Granich said.

Parents said they are disturbed by the charges against the coach, but they have good things to say about the school and its’ principal.

“I’m shocked that it happened at this school, because the principal takes care of his students, so I’m shocked.”

A former high school basketball coach will face a bond judge on Friday on charges he sexually assaulted a 17 year-old girl.

33 year-old Kevin Jones is accused of engaging in a sex act with the girl in his car at 85th and Green Bay last Thursday.

Jones was the coach of the varsity boys basketball team at Epic Academy Charter High School.

Police say he was giving the victim and another girl a ride home from the school, and he asked the friend to get out. When the friend later returned, she saw Jones and the victim having sexual relations.

“It’s terrible ‘cause at this time we cannot trust nobody,” said one concerned woman.

The school no longer employs Jones, but can’t say if he was fired or if he quit.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

A high school basketball coach is charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old female student.

Kevin Jones is accused of assaulting the girl while giving her a ride home last week.

Jones is a varsity boys’ basketball coach at Epic Academy Charter School in the South Shore neighborhood.

Another girl told prosecutors she witnessed Jones and the victim engaged in a sex act, after Jones told her to leave the car.

An attorney for the school says Jones no longer works there.

Jones will appear in bond court Friday.

A south side high school basketball coach has been charged with sexual assaulting a female teenager.

According to Chicago Police, 35-year-old Kevin Jones, who the Chicago Tribune identities as a varsity boys basketball coach at Epic Academy Charter High School, is charge with two counts of felony criminal sexual assault and one count of attempted criminal sexual assault with force.

The incident happened on Thursday Jan 17th around 8 p.m. in the 8500 block of S Cottage Grove.  Police say  one 17-year-old female was sexually assaulted inside of a vehicle and a second 17-year-old female was able to exit the vehicle and flee the scene.

The Chicago Tribune reports Jones was driving the girls home.

The lawyer representing the school released this statement tonight:

“EPIC Academy takes the safety of its students very seriously. If concerns are ever brought to the attention of school administrators about the safety and well-being of its students, the administration takes all actions available to them. Such has occurred in this case.

Mr. Jones is not currently employed at EPIC. Due to this being a personnel matter, the school is not at liberty to disclose the nature of the coach’s departure from EPIC. However, it can confirm that as of January 18, 2013, Mr. Jones is no longer employed or affiliated with EPIC.

As Mr. Jones was not a teacher in the school on a regular basis, but was employed only as a coach, it is not anticipated that Mr. Jones’ departure should cause any disruption to the education of EPIC students. However, additional supports have been put in place and will continue to be available to students, if needed.”

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