NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There has never been any formal complaints filed against the Metro-Nashville school teacher arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Jarrett Jones was charged earlier this week after being accused of secretly recording at least 40 elementary school students as they changed clothes inside a closet at Napier Elementary School between the years of 2011 and 2015.
A look at his personnel file did not uncover any complaints about Jones from parents or fellow teachers about his behavior.
In fact, he was highly recommended by a former professor at Cumberland University, where he graduated with a Music Education Degree in December 2010.
According to Metro Schools, Jones was a full-time teacher at Napier Elementary the next fall from August 2011 until July 2015.
The district said a new principal came to the school the summer of 2015 and was allowed to hire an entirely new staff. During that time, Jones was not selected to remain at Napier.
“He interviewed as an unassigned teacher and was selected for a half-time music position at Mt. View [Elementary School] and a half-time music position at Antioch High School,” Metro Schools told News 2.
Jones worked both half-time jobs for the 2015-16 school year until Mt. View decided not to fund two music teachers in this year’s budget, which unassigned Jones from his position there.
Shortly thereafter, the 30-year-old was hired full time at Antioch High for this school year but was placed on administrative leave by Metro school officials on Sept. 9 when the investigation began. He has not had any contact with students since, they added.
Jones has no criminal record before his latest charges. Former assistant district attorney Rob McGuire told News 2 that’s not uncommon for people charged with sex crimes.
“They are just like us, they walk like us, talk like us and have families,” he told News 2. “They often do not have criminal records or other incidents.”
McGuire also said Jones could face federal charges for the unlawful video recordings and images of child pornography found on his computer during the Metro investigation.
“It depends on what he did with the videos after he took them and what level of video equipment he used,” the attorney explained. “If he captured them speaking, then it is an illegal wiretap.”
McGuire continued, “If he sent the images to other people or made them available online from his computer, he could also be charged federally.”
Metro police’s computer crimes detectives continue to analyze computer equipment taken from Jones.
“They are going to be working with the DA’s office to come up with the universe of charges,” McGuire said. “They will decide what he is going to be charged with and ultimately who is going to prosecute whether it is the district attorney’s office or the U.S. Attorney’s office or both.”
Jones is due back in court this Monday on Sept. 26 where he could have his bond increased. He is currently being held in lieu of $100,000.
However, prosecutors want to raise his bond because they say he will likely be convicted of all charges and is essentially facing a life sentence, in part because he confessed to police.