Lenny Jones, 63—a prominent Arroyo Grande real estate agent and the city’s 2015 Citizen of the Year—is facing a mounting series of child molestation allegations.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office suggested additional charges against Jones on April 17 and 20, based on Jones’ alleged third and fourth child molestation victims and a report of explicit photos found on Jones’ computer. Jones was originally arrested on the evening of April 13, and has been in custody at SLO County Jail ever since.
Additionally, the judge in the case agreed to revoke Jones’ bail on April 20, meaning he’s no longer eligible for release from jail.
“I think the bail action speaks to the severity of the charges leveled against Mr. Jones,” said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla. “There’s still the definite potential for filing of additional charges, and our investigation is ongoing.”
Cipolla told New Times that the charges his office is pursuing against Jones are based on multiple alleged molestation incidents suspected to have taken place around the time of a March 24 birthday party at Jones’ rural A.G. home. The four alleged victims are females age 6, 9, and 12, and a 3-year-old male, Cipolla added.
“There are photos on the computer’s hard drive that corroborate all four victims’ stories,” Cipolla said. “We are still in the process of interviewing all those who attended the party.”
According to Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham, the DA’s office has yet to file any official charges against Jones beyond the four felonies and two misdemeanor charges (based on the original two alleged victims) they brought against Jones on April 15.
Cunningham said it was “highly likely” there would be more charges filed against Jones and added that his office is currently reviewing additional investigative reports.
Jones appeared in SLO Superior Court on the morning of April 17, and his hearing was continued until April 23.
Anyone with further information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 781-4500.