High School Coach Charged With Sexual Battery Of Student

January 30, 2012

A part-time track coach at Pine Forest High School was arrested Monday afternoon for the alleged sexual battery of one of his students .

Paul Lavell Jones, 28, was arrested after being questioned by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigators about an incident that occurred over the weekend with a student.

According to the victim, he was picked up by Paul at his home around 10 p.m. Friday night and taken to several bars and nightclubs in the area and  where Jones bought and provided the victim with alcohol.

The victim told investigators that the next thing he remembered was waking up nude in a bed. Jones then took the victim back to the victim’s home. where the victim then told his mother what happened.

Investigators posed as the victim and engaged in a text message conversation with Jones using the victim’s phone.  Investigators then made contact with Jones and through the interview and text messaging were able to determine that a crime had occurred, an ECSO press release states.

Jones was charged with sexual batter and giving alcohol to a person under 21 years of age. He was booked into the Escambia County Jail with bond set at $30,000.

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16 Responses to “High School Coach Charged With Sexual Battery Of Student”

  1. Honey Dip on February 10th, 2012 3:39 pm

    PJ, PJ, PJ…….I am praying for you! I watch you grow up in the Free Will Church of God in Christ, your family is well respected in the community. I just don’t know what to say….I know at the end God is going to get the Glory out of all of this. God has a call on your life and the devil is trying everything to destroy you and your spirit. I believe that this incident had to happen for GOD TO GET YOUR ATTENTION!!!! It’s time to surrender and tell the LORD YESSSSS!!!!!

    I am praying for the alleged victim and his family as well!!!!

  2. High School Friend on February 2nd, 2012 3:28 pm

    I knew this man in high school. He was so nice and funny. Always so positive. He seemed like a good guy! I cannot believe this… I’m really hoping that these accusations are not true. Please, let’s don’t condemn someone until we know all the facts. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not defending him or the crime that he may have committed. I wish they would release more information about the bars and nightclubs they went to. If the evidence proves that he did the unthinkable, then indeed he deserves a harsh punishment for the despicable crime. However, let’s just wait until we get some evidence reports back before we hang the guy.

  3. Julius on January 31st, 2012 6:35 pm

    Where do I start, first of all my high school kid boy or girl, 14 or 19, star athlete or strait A stundent, all D’s and one F, 5″ Feet tall or 6 feet 8 inch tall no not to even think about asking me if they can go and hang out with thier 28 year old coach, second this is probaly not the first time he has done this you just dont comit these kind of crimes without ever done them before, third be careful who you put your hands on because this is the type of crime that some men need some get back on or payback on not saying that this is the way to handle it but im just saying, fourth the issue is’nt his age the fact is this young man was vialated by someone he thought he could trust and I hope if he is found gilty of these crimes that his punishment is caminsireth with his crime, and last i tell my kids that thier are 5 decisions that you are going to make in your life between the age of 15 to 23 thats gonna forever change where you end up and one those choices is your friends teach them to chose seldom, slowly, and carefully. Pray for both familys because thier gonna need it.

  4. concerned parent on January 31st, 2012 4:16 pm

    This is disgusting. As a parent of a high school athlete this makes you wonder who can you trust. These people are supposed to be ROLE MODELS for our children, but when you have one out of the whole bunch its like can we trust the rest of them.

  5. Joeblow on January 31st, 2012 12:38 pm

    I can’t believe that this guy had the nerve to do such a thing. This is a Pastor’s Kid. What is the world coming too? He has been to my church singing on several occasions. I’m speechless. Stop playing with God people.

  6. lisa on January 31st, 2012 8:35 am

    THIS IS HOW THESE SICK PEOPLE WORK!!!!!!!! THEY GET INTO A POSTION THAT ALLOWS THE KIDS TO TRUST THEM, THEN THEY LOWER THE BOOM!!!! HOW SICK…YES HIS BOND SHOULD BE HIGHER SO THAT HE IS NOT ON THE STREETS TO HURT ANYMORE OF OUR KIDS!!!!!! THE JUSTIC SYSTEM DOESNOT ALWAYS WORK MORE TIMES NOT THAN TIMES IT DOES!!!! PRAYERS FOR THIS FAMILY AND HOPEFULLY THIS CHILD CAN GET MENTAL HELP FREE OF CHARGE TO BE ABLE TO PUT THIS BEHIND HIM….AND AS A MOM MYSELF, I CANT IMAGE THE HURT AND ANGER SHE IS FEELING, THIS IS HER CHILD AFTER ALL….IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN..MAY GOD BLESS THIS FAMILY AND GUIDE THEM THRU THIS.

  7. dnax69 on January 31st, 2012 6:53 am

    Why does the focus seem to be on the fact that he’s employed by DCF and volunteers at the school? What a person does for a living doesn’t define what type of a person they are. These types of people are all around us. Kudos to the young man and his mother for coming forward with this. May the justice system do its job.

  8. serina on January 31st, 2012 6:03 am

    first of all, the victim must be atleast 18 years old which explain why he is considered a minor to the law with the comsumption of alcohol and not a minor in the sexual battery charge. Secondly, if the victim is 18 years old he has a right to be out at 10 pm. And lastly, most kids think “hey i know some one who will buy me alcohol” and so happenly it was his teache. Also if the victim is 18 and the coach was 28 that really isnt much of a age difference and he probably became friends with the students, in and out of school. It is very sad what happen to this person and is having to feel so many thoughts, feelings, and emotions after all of this. But you truly are awesome for standing up and having a voice about what happen, no matter the emotions or the embarrassment kid. Just imagine how many other students you possibly saved having to go through and endure what unfortunately you did. May god bless

  9. Century on January 30th, 2012 11:18 pm

    Praying for the high school kid first of all!!!And I would like to agree that at whatever the age may be,maybe between 16-18 kids make stupid decision and they also like to try things…I was once young and I also made stupid decision,but none like that.Dont say what someone wont do!!!!!Yeah he was a volunteer track coach and yes he worked for DCF!!!!Maybe he just thought he could outsmart the system and that child.ThATS probably why he wanted to get the kid drunk…I know one thing he should have had more sense and its several people out there thats of age and willing.He didnt have to ruin the childs life…Im sorry!!!!!1 :(

  10. jcellops on January 30th, 2012 10:22 pm

    the student must have been between the age of 18-21, otherwise, it would have been “sexual battery on a minor”…instead of simply “sexual battery”….i mention that in relation to the questions posted here, regarding why a mother would let him get picked up at 10pm…could be the mom (or dad) was at work…..could be the parents werent aware that it was a high school coach picking him up…..if hes 18+, then hes an adult and the parents may have felt is was ok for him to go out on a friday nite..kids often make stupid decisions around that age….im just glad that he confided in him mom, as im sure it was embarrasing for him……its seems possible that the coach may have given him that “date-rape” drug…..glad the detectives caught this creep, but..i wish his bond was higher…

  11. dica on January 30th, 2012 9:06 pm

    The hotel they “stayed” at and the bars should pull up cameras and investigate. I know kids are capable of lying and making up insane stories. I don’t think someone who’s a coach and works for DCF would be so careless as to allow the child’s mother to see him pick him up, then drop him off at his house the next morning and not worry about anyone seeing them. He is obviously educated, I think he’d think this through before doing it. Just doesn’t make sense.

  12. mr g on January 30th, 2012 8:52 pm

    Shouldnt the bars they went to need to be investigated? several bars and nightclubs? which bars let minors in and drink im sure the kid wasnt forced to drink..just my thoughts

  13. Just Wondering on January 30th, 2012 7:15 pm

    So why wasn’t the mother concerned when he was picked up at 10pm by a track coach?

  14. brittany on January 30th, 2012 4:57 pm

    OMG ! really ! that’s freakin sick !!!!!! Let ole Bubba take care of him !!!

  15. lyndsay on January 30th, 2012 4:50 pm

    How sad works at a highschool and with dcf, really? Do you not know better?? Why would you go hang out with your track teacher on a friday night anyways?

  16. ohhh boy! on January 30th, 2012 4:00 pm

    he should be ashamed of himself….a person to whom children look up to.





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