Reaction: Bullock Co. Deacon Arrested on Sex Charges
From the CBS 8 Troy Newsroom--- CBS 8 News broke the story last night. A church deacon from Bullock County is in jail on sodomy and sex abuse charges. It's news that's left his church community in shock.
The affidavit released by the U.S. Attorney's Office says 59-year-old Larry Jones was arrested on sex charges. After further investigation, CBS 8 News has learned he's a deacon at Liberty Baptist Church in Bullock County, and that has community members in utter disbelief.
Jones was arrested in Shelby County after U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents say he drove there to meet with what he thought was a 14-year-old boy for sex.
The conversation becomes so graphic, the only part we can show is in the beginning where Jones allegedly asks, "Ever been with a guy?"
The undercover agent says he also received nude photos from Jones.
But it wasn't until last weekend when arrangements were made to meet in Shelby County. That's when Jones was arrested.
"If it's true, I'm glad it has been exposed, because truly we would not want a person like this in our community or in our churches," says resident Catherine Baldwin.
CBS 8 did try contacting Jone's family, but they say they have no comment at this time.
Officials say Jones is currently in jail on a $50,000 bond