March 8, 1998 in City

Official Faces Molestation Charge

Associated Press

The deputy mayor of Lacey has been charged with first-degree child molestation after an 11-year-old girl told police he kissed her on the mouth for as long as a minute.

Herb Jones, a Lacey City Council member since 1992, turned himself in to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. He was released later in the day on the condition that he have no contact with any female younger than 18, including the accuser, according to the Superior Court clerk’s office.

Jones’ lawyer, Jim Dixon of Olympia, said Friday that Jones denies the allegation and will plead innocent at his arraignment Wednesday.

The girl told Lacey police that the incident occurred on Feb. 22 while she was alone with Jones at his home.

Jones first kissed her on the cheek and told her that if she were older, he would give her a “real kiss,” according to court documents. The girl said Jones then kissed her on the lips for about a minute. She said Jones tried to put his tongue in her mouth but she kept it closed.

The girl said she told Jones she had to go to the bathroom, then left, according to court documents.

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