Update: Jones turned himself into the Walton County Detention Center Thursday and is currently out on bond


Austin O. Jones, currently facing eight charges of sexual exploitation of children in Walton County resulting from an FBI investigation that began in 2015, turned himself in to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Thursday. He has since bonded out after a bond of $50,000 was set, according to officials at WCSO.

Editor’s Note: An arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction.

Initial story

Former Loganville Councilman Austin O. Jones of Jones Law Firm was indicted Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 on charges of sexual exploitation of children after a True Bill was handed down by a Walton County Grand Jury. 

The charges stem from a Federal Bureau of Investigation case back in 2015 when his home and office was raided by FBI agents as part of a federal investigation. At that time, Jones was represented by local attorneys Eric Crawford and David Boyle but is reportedly currently represented by Atlanta attorneys Pate, Johnson and Church. We are currently awaiting a response from their office.

Jones has been indicted on eight counts of sexual exploitation of children according to the indictment which was filed in Walton County Superior Court yesterday. Although these charges stem from almost five years ago, the indictment notes that they were not discovered until May 8, 2017 and are outside of any statute of limitation period due to the statewide Judicial Emergency issued by the Supreme Court as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Jones resigned his seat on the Loganville City Council in 2008 after his family had moved outside of city limits. He was recently elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the Georgia State Bar to serve on Post 2, the Alcovy Judicial Circuit covering Newton and Walton counties. His appointment was to succeed his father who recently passed away.

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