Monroe County Sheriff Jeff Jones arrested in connection with alleged cover-up

By Matthew Young, RealWV

UNION, W.Va. – After a months-long investigation into the alleged cover up of a deputy’s inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old high school student, Monroe County Sheriff Jeff Jones, on Friday, was arrested by the West Virginia State Police. 

In June, the Monroe County Commission adopted a resolution granting them the authority to remove Jones from office due to the investigation, as well as several other documented instances of alleged misconduct. Shortly after the resolution’s adoption, however, the commission voted unanimously to delay Jones’ removal until after the state police investigation had concluded. 

In their resolution, the county commission alleged that both Jones, and Deputy James Hylton, conducted an “insufficient investigation” after being made aware of the situation involving Deputy E. Blankenship and the 17-year-old student. Blankenship was accused of soliciting nude photographs from the minor. Despite Blankenship confirming the validity of the accusation, Jones chose to neither terminate the deputy’s employment, nor take any further legal action. 

Jones was charged with deceiving the Civil Service Commission, and failure to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as a mandatory reporter. He was arraigned shortly after his arrest on Friday by the Monroe County Magistrate, and released on a $1,000 personal bond. 

Due to the lateness of the State Police’s announcement of Jones’ arrest, none of the parties involved were immediately reachable for comment. RealWV will provide updates of this ongoing situation, as well as any steps taken by the Monroe County Commission as additional information is made available. 

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