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Austell Man Charged with Child Molestation was on Probation for Similar Charges

Demetrius Ortez Jones had faced aggravated sodomy and aggravated child molestation charges nearly two years before his arrest on fresh similar charges Wednesday.

An Austell man convicted last year in a child molestation case is facing fresh child-sex charges in Hiram.

Agents of the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Task Force arrested Demetrius Ortez Jones, 19, shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday near the railroad tracks at Angham Road in Hiram.

That was just east of the home where witnesses said Jones sexually assaulted a 7-year-old boy earlier that day.

The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the home in the 100 block of Baywood Crossing at 2:44 p.m. Wednesday and were told that people had seen the assault and confronted Jones, who fled.

Deputies and detectives from the searched for Jones, then called in the Marshals Service task force for help.

Jones is charged with aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy and is being held in the Paulding County Detention Center without bond.

Authorities discovered later that Jones is on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s sex offender registry after being indicted on the same charges in Cobb County in May 2010.

Facing two counts of aggravated sodomy, two counts of aggravated child molestation and one count of child molestation involving three children between July and November 2009, Jones entered a plea agreement Aug. 24, 2011.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery of a minor. He was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of probation for the first count, then five more years of probation on the second count.

Additionally, Jones was ordered to pay a monthly probation fee and to pay $1,500 restitution to the Cobb General Fund for his court-appointed attorney, which he could work off with 150 hours of community service.

He was not ordered to pay victim restitution.

Judge C. LaTain Kell Sr. approved the agreement, crafted by Assistant District Attorney Allen “Rusty” Knox and defense attorney Cindy Bowers.

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