Former Lakenheath youth coach guilty of sex acts with teen
February 23, 2006
RAF LAKENHEATH, England — A former youth soccer coach has been found guilty of indecent sexual acts with a then-15-year-old assistant coach and sentenced to 30 days’ confinement, reduction in rank and a bad-conduct discharge, according to court documents.
Airman 1st Class Stephen T. Jones, 27, was convicted in a special court-martial headed by Judge (Col.) Gordon R. Hammock that closed late Monday evening. Jones had pleaded guilty earlier in the day.
Jones and the victim met in late 2004 when she volunteered to assist him as a soccer coach at this United Kingdom Air Force installation, according to court testimony. Jones was serving with the 48th Aerospace Medicine Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, which was his first duty station.
Jones said he knew the victim was 15 years old, but that she appeared 20 or 21, he testified. He was 26 at the time of the relationship.
Their liaison turned physical after a few months. The two would meet at a base park before the victim — then a high school sophomore — would go to class. The relationship evolved to the point where the victim would meet Jones at his Air Force dorm room for sexual trysts.
The two ultimately parted after her parents moved back to the United States. Their relationship was discovered, however, after one of the victim’s parents intercepted an e-mail he sent her.
Jones will now have to register as a sex offender whenever he moves to a new state, according to the 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office.