Calif. ex-teacher slits throat in court after jury finds him guilty of raping girl

A former teacher slit his throat with a razor blade Wednesday after a jury convicted him of raping a girl who was 13 at the time.

The Orange County jury found Jeffrey Scott Jones, 56, guilty of two felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one felony count of continuous sexual abuse, a maximum sentence of 68 years to life in prison.

After Jones heard the verdict that morning, he took a razor out of his left pocked and slashed his throat, Senior Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown told CBS Los Angeles.

A sheriff’s deputy restrained Jones, who was screaming and bleeding heavily, and handcuffed him, the LA Times reports. Jones was taken out on a gurney and is being treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Times.

It’s unclear how the razor got into the courtroom.

Jones was working as an English teacher at Libra Academy in Huntington Park when he sexually assaulted the 13-year-old girl. Between Sept. 2012 and April 2013, he “frequently and continuously” sexually assaulted the girl, according to the Orange County District Attorney. Twice in May of 2013, he raped the victim at her friend’s home and told her “he would ruin her life if she told anyone.”

During the case, there was also evidence Jones had sex with two former students, also minors, according to the Orange County District Attorney.