A former Kokomo Police Officer turned himself in to the Howard County jail Thursday on a warrant for domestic battery and felony aggravated battery.
The charges accuse Jeffrey T. Jones, 47, of battering his 50-year-old girlfriend in February after the two were involved in a verbal altercation, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Howard Circuit Court.
Jones turned himself in to the jail at 3:46 p.m. Thursday and was released shortly later after posting $2,500 bail, 10 percent of the $25,000 bond.
Jones was ordered to appear for his arraignment at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Howard Circuit Court.
If convicted on the Class B felony aggravated battery, Jones could receive up to 20 years in prison.
Indiana State Police began investigating Jones in March after receiving a complaint from Jones’ girlfriend, who has a protective order against him.
The woman said she did not report the February incident because she did not know what to do and did not have anywhere to go, the affidavit stated. She claimed she was not given a chance to file charges when Kokomo police were called to her house regarding the beating.
The court document stated that on Feb. 24, Jones struck the woman in the face with his closed fist and knocked her to the ground. The victim also told police Jones hit her in the ribs about 10 to 15 times while she was lying on the bathroom floor.
After the alleged beating, the victim said Jones went to bed while she begged him for help. She had been lying on the floor about 45 minutes before he took her to a hospital, court records stated. On the way to the hospital, the victim told police, Jones told her “she better make something up and tell the hospital that she fell,” the charging information stated.
The affidavit also stated the victim suffered three broken ribs and a punctured rib when she taken to St. Joseph Hospital.
Initially, the victim said she did not want to pursue charges.
Then in April, the victim stated Jones shoved her again after another argument and that she wished to file charges.
That’s when she filed for a protective order and made a complaint to the Indiana State Police.
When contacted by state police in April, Jones said he works a lot and didn’t know if he would have the time to talk to an investigator. Then on May 1, ISP received a call from attorney Rodney Shrock, who said he will be representing Jones and that Jones would not be coming in for an interview.
State police then sought a warrant for Jones’ arrest.
Jones had worked at the Kokomo Police Department as a patrol officer in the 1990’s. He left the department to get a job at Chrysler.