Va. man faces child sex charges in Currituck

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Robert Forest Jones


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Friday, October 20, 2017

CURRITUCK — A Virginia man is in custody in Currituck County facing charges he had sexual contact with an 8-year-old child in the county six years ago.

Robert Forest Jones, 55, of the 1700 block of Zimmerman Court, Virginia Beach, is charged with committing a sex offense with a child and engaging in indecent liberties with a child.

According to a grand jury indictment, the alleged offenses involved an 8-year-old child and took place between the end of July 2011 and the start of September 2011.  

Jones turned himself in at the Currituck Sheriff's Office on Aug. 20 and was jailed at the Currituck Detention Center in lieu of a $202,000 secured bond.

On Sept. 25, Jones appeared before Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Jerry Tillett, who ordered him back in court on Nov. 27.

According to court documents, Jones is being represented by the Public Defender's Office.

In addition to the child sex charges, Jones is also charged with failing to appear in court to face a driving while impaired charge five years ago.

According to Currituck District Court records, a sheriff's deputy arrested Jones and charged him with DWI in the Barco area the evening of Sept. 2, 2012. The records show the deputy stopped Jones after he drove through the intersection of U.S. Highway 158 and N.C. Highway 168 and across a three-foot wide median.

Jones, who in the past has also listed an address in the Moyock area, had red, glassy eyes, a mild odor of alcohol on his breath, and refused to submit to a breath test to determine his blood alcohol content, the records show.

The last update in the DWI case was on Jan. 23, 2013, when Jones’ attorney at the time, Keith Teague of Elizabeth City, obtained a one-month postponement in Currituck District Court.

When Jones didn't appear in court the next month, a warrant for his arrest on the failure to appear charge was issued

Currituck court officials said after Jones was arrested on the child sex charges, his court-appointed counsel entered a not guilty plea to the DWI charge.