A Broken Arrow man was sentenced Friday in federal court for sexually abusing two children under the age of 12.
“Pedophile Jeffrey Jones will serve the remainder of his life in federal prison for sexually abusing two young children. I am thankful for the work of the FBI and Broken Arrow Police Department that ensured this defendant was held accountable for his crimes,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement partners will bring the full weight of the law against sexual predators for the harm they inflict on children.”
U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell sentenced Jeffrey Arch Jones, 31, to serve three concurrent life terms in prison.
In June 2021, a federal jury found Jones guilty of two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child in Indian Country and one count of abusive sexual contact of a child in Indian Country.
From Sept. 29, 2015 to Sept 28, 2016, Jones sexually abused a young child. He also sexually abused a second child from Oct. 9, 2014 to Sept. 30, 2016. On Feb. 2, 2017, one of the victims disclosed to a teacher that the defendant had been touching her in a sexual manner. School officials contacted the Broken Arrow Police Department. During the ensuing investigation, it was determined the second child was also sexually abused by Jones.
During the June trial’s closing arguments, Assistant U.S. Attorney Reagan Reininger reminded the jury of the testimony of expert witnesses, law enforcement, and the victims. She assured the jury the children had no incentive to lie and that the medical evidence corroborated the type of sexual abuse reported by the victims. She described how their behavior and disclosures were similar to that seen in other child sexual abuse victims. She explained how some victims disclose abuse on their own when they are ready, but others may be asked about abuse before they are fully ready to disclose what happened to them, as in the case of the second victim. She explained how difficult it had been for the two victims to describe the abuse to others repeatedly since 2017. Finally, Reininger reminded the jury that child sexual abuse is perpetrated in secrecy, behind closed doors, in moments when the abuser is alone with a child. She asked the jury to evaluate the evidence, including the children’s accounts, and to find Jeffrey Jones guilty.
Jones, a Cherokee citizen, was previously convicted of sexually abusing the two victims in Tulsa County District Court but appealed his conviction, arguing the state did not have jurisdiction to prosecute the case because the crime occurred within the Muscogee Nation Reservation and he was a tribal citizen. The case was then prosecuted in federal court.
The FBI and Broken Arrow Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Reagan V. Reininger and Leah Paisner prosecuted the case.