Ex-Detroit basketball coach faces new abuse charges

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A former middle school basketball coach already charged with abusing five students was arraigned Monday on charges related to a sixth accuser, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Antoine Jones, 28, has been charged with three counts second-degree criminal sexual conduct for alleged inappropriate sexual contact with a now 15-year-old male, said Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office.

The alleged abuse took place between June 2014 and February of this year, she said.

Jones on Monday was remanded to jail on the new charges. He is due back in court May 16 for a probable cause hearing and again May 23 for a preliminary examination.

The new charges come almost one month after five teenage boys took the stand during a preliminary examination to describe alleged sexual encounters with their former coach, who faces up to 20 years in prison on more than a dozen charges.

The teens testified April 15 before 36th District Court Judge Shannon Holmes, each recounting details of alleged assaults in Jones’ car, his Detroit home, and even at a school basketball game. The boys, ages 13 to 15, alleged they were persuaded to exchange inappropriate messages and videos. One said he was touched around one dozen times.

Jones coached basketball at Detroit’s A.L. Holmes Elementary-Middle School, on the city’s east side. The alleged victims, who were on the team, are not being identified due to their ages.

Jones was in court in April on charges including: one count sexually abusive act with a child; four counts of accosting or soliciting a minor for immoral purposes; four counts of using a computer to commit a crime; eight counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct; and one count of aggravated indecent exposure.

He was bound over for trial as charged and his $1 million cash bond was continued.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office initially said there were six complainants in the case, but five alleged victims were tied to the charges in April. The new charges are connected to the sixth complainant, Miller said.

When charges were filed, Jones immediately was removed from the school and instructed to have no interaction with students, according to district officials. Further investigation led to the man being placed on unpaid administrative leave.

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