Dayton Jones

Dayton Jones is claiming he had ineffective counsel and that his guilty plea was involuntary in the teen sexual assault case from 2014.

The U.S. Attorney's Western District of Kentucky Office announced Tuesday that Dayton Jones was charged federally for child pornography. He was arrested. 

U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman said in a video that the count stems from a video Jones allegedly shot in 2014. That video was evidence in the trial in which Jones pleaded guilty on Aug. 22, 2016, to first-degree sodomy, first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. 

"Mr. Jones is facing a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence in federal prison," Coleman said. "There is no parole in the federal system. And there is no higher priority of Kentucky law enforcement than protecting Kentucky kids."

Robert Brown, FBI special agent in charge, said that the FBI has had over 30 agents working around the clock with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Christian County Sheriff's Office to charge Jones. 

"I am happy to announce his apprehension this afternoon," Brown said. "Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 office."

On Dec. 9, 2019, former Gov. Matt Bevin granted a commutation to Jones. However, the letterhead used on the commutation was for pardons, leading to confusion on if Jones's sentence was a full pardon or commutation. 

This story will be updated.

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