Tulsa H.S. Football Coach Charged With Raping Special Needs Student
TULSA, Oklahoma - A football coach and bus driver at Langston Hughes Academy is out on bond, charged with raping a special needs student.
32-year-old Daniel Jones is charged with second-degree rape and lewd or indecent proposal to a child.
Jones turned himself in Thursday after being accused of having sex with a 19-year-old student.
The accusations surfaced after the student notified her father, who contacted the school.
An arrest affidavit says the victim’s father told police she is “special needs” and the girl does not have the capacity to consent, despite her claim that it was a consensual sexual relationship.
The affidavit says the girl told her father that Jones picked her up from her grandparents’ home, took her to a park, and had sex with her.
The President of the School Board, Carmen Pettie, says the allegations surprise her.
“It’s always a shock when you find those type of allegations that come about,” said Pettie. “We put a lot of trust and faith in our teachers and staff and employees to be able to ensure that our students are safe and secure.”
Court documents also show Jones is accused of sending sexually inappropriate photos to a 17-year-old student through Snapchat. Documents claim he sent the student sexual photo and asked if she could “keep a secret.”
Investigators say no physical interaction ever happened between Jones and the 17-year-old.
Pettie wants to remind parents that their student’s safety is their priority.
“It’s a bump in the road, but we know that our students look forward to a number of different academic opportunities and we’re trying to provide them with as many as possible,” she said.
Jones was suspended two weeks ago without pay and, Pettie says, the school board is scheduled to meet Monday to discuss Jones’s employment status.