Former teacher pleads guilty to invasive video recording


A former Trinity Christian School teacher arrested in November after photographing an 11-year-old boy in a mall restroom pleaded guilty to invasive video recording Monday in a Bowie County courtroom.

Shane Samuel Jones, 31, appeared with Texarkana attorney Danny Cook before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell. Jones entered a plea of guilty but was not formally sentenced. Assistant District Attorney Katie Carter said Jones’ plea agreement includes a five-year term of probation. Tidwell scheduled Jones to return to court Feb. 26 and ordered probation officials to complete a presentence investigation. Tidwell said he will decide at Jones’ next hearing whether to proceed with sentencing.

An 11-year-old boy told his father Nov. 25 that while in a restroom at J.C. Penney, a man slipped his phone under the divider with the adjoining stall. The father told the boy to notify store employees while he kept the man from leaving. Jones was arrested the next week after an interview with Texarkana, Texas, police.

Following the incident in Texas, Jones was fired from his teaching position at Trinity. Investigators with the Texarkana, Ark., Police Department searched Jones’ home Nov. 27 and seized computer equipment. Jones is facing charges of voyeurism and video voyeurism in Miller County. He allegedly confessed to filming boys in the bathroom at the school.

Jones is currently free on $100,000 bond set for him in Miller County.

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