by Susan O’Neill
A former ordained Presbyterian minister and substitute high school teacher has been sentenced to a jail term and ordered to undergo specialized sex offender probation for displaying his genitals in the presence of a small child in 2007.
Douglas R. Jones, 48, of the 100 block of Middle Avenue, Aurora, was driving an ice cream truck for an Aurora-based company in the Walnut Woods Subdivision in Sugar Grove in July 2007 when a resident, the father of a 3-year-old boy, said he saw Jones expose himself. The father said his son was walking toward the ice cream truck parked at the end of his driveway.
Jones was arrested minutes later near a swimming pool in the Prestbury Subdivision.
Jones was sentenced last week by Kane County Circuit Judge Robert B. Spence to 30 months of sex offender probation and a term of 15 days in the Kane County Jail for his conviction of sexual exploitation of a child, a Class 4 felony. Jones will serve his jail term over a number of weekends.
Jones was convicted on Jan. 13 by a Kane County jury.
He had no prior record and had been a substitute teacher in the East Aurora School District.
Under the terms of his probation, Jones is required to participate in individual and group counseling and is prohibited from being in possession of pornography or accessing Internet sites containing pornography and being in or near adult bookstores.
He is prohibited from having unsupervised contact with any children, as well as from living, working or loitering near a school, park, playground, library or any other place primarily used by children under age 18. He must maintain a daily activity log of his whereabouts at all times.
Jones must register as a convicted sex offender for the next 10 years, and the state will seek to have Jones’ teaching certification revoked.
According to a press release from the State’s Attorney’s Office, Judge Spence stated he was troubled that the offense was against a stranger and a very young child. He said he believed Jones was a moderate risk to re-offend and that the jail term was necessary to remind Jones that he must â€œfully participate and cooperateâ€ with the terms of the probation.
â€œHe can’t have contact with kids anymore,â€ Sugar Grove investigator John Sizer said. â€œThat was what we wanted.â€
Assistant State’s Attorneys Danielle Bechtold and Pam Monaco prosecuted the case.