“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” And if you forget to update the sex offender registry, you could get arrested.
Just ask Jeffrey Jones, the despotic principal from the iconic film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. While Jones’ most famous role may have been in the 1986 cult classic, he was also in films such as Beetlejuice and The Crucible with Winona Ryder, Amadeus, and the children’s film Stuart Little. His latest break into the headlines, though, doesn’t have quite the star quality of his past accomplishments.
The 63-year-old actor was arrested on June 23, after failing to update the sex offender registry.
Jones was originally placed on probation and was ordered to register as a sex offender back in 2003, after he pleaded no contest to inducing a fourteen-year-old boy, identified in court records as Steven C., to pose nude in photographs. A misdemeanor charge of possession of child pornography was dropped.
According to the LA Times, starting in the year 2000, Jones paid the boy to pose for him twice in his Hollywood Hills home. Jones had sexually explicit pictures of the teen as a cowboy, an Indian with a headdress, and holding a stuffed animal. Jones met the Fontana teen through another photographer, who allegedly abused the child.
All sex offenders are required to update the registry within five days of their birthday, in Jones’ case, September 28, 2009. Sex offenders must report any change of establishment as well as, in states such as Alaska, any change in e-mail address, instant messaging screen names, or other internet communication aliases.
Jones was arrested and charged with a single felony. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has since released the actor on a $20,000 bail, according to The Toronto Sun. This is not the first time Jones has committed this crime. He was arrested for failure to register in 2004, when he moved to Florida and failed to update the registry on his change of establishment.
Jones is due for arraignment on July 14, and if he is convicted, he could face up to three years behind bars in the state prison. Just goes to show, only Ferris Bueller ever gets to pay hooky and avoid the consequences.
Currently, there are no comments from Jones or from his management team.