The jury convicts the man who raped the informant in an unmonitored sting

A Louisiana jury on Thursday convicted a career felon of raping a police informant who was sent to a drug house in a sting that was unmonitored and unsecured by law enforcement.

Jurors in Alexandria sometimes looked away as prosecutors played graphic footage of a sexual assault that occurred as the woman went undercover to buy methamphetamines. She wore a hidden camera that recorded Antonio D. Jones forcing her to perform oral sex on him—twice—but the device did not broadcast the attack in real time.

Jones, 48, was found guilty of two counts of third-degree rape. He was scheduled for trial last month, but jumped bail and was later caught in Mississippi.

“We think justice has been served,” Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell told the Associated Press. “He’s an incorrigible and violent criminal and we think the community is much safer now that he’s going to prison.”

The sentencing came two months after the assault on the woman was exposed in an AP investigation that highlighted the dangers such whistleblowers can face as they try to “settle” criminal charges in often loosely regulated and secretive deals. .

The woman testified against Jones during the trial, later telling the AP in a text exchange “it wasn’t easy but it was rewarding.” AP typically does not identify victims of sexual assault.

Despite the woman’s cooperation, she was still charged only three weeks after the recorded assault for possession of drug paraphernalia. But prosecutors said late Thursday they intend to drop the pending charges against her.

“We certainly don’t intend to prosecute a rape victim,” Assistant District Attorney Brian Cespiva said in a telephone interview.

Jones’ defense attorney Phillip M. Robinson said he will appeal Jones’ conviction and previously called for a mistrial because jurors were looking away from the video in disgust. The lengthy footage showed Jones forcing the woman to have sex while she cried and said “no,” and at one point she even stopped to conduct a separate drug deal.

Jones is expected to be sentenced on December 12. Cespiva said he will ask that Jones be sentenced to 50 years in prison. Jones faces a separate trial next year on drug dealing charges.

The victim, meanwhile, is undergoing drug treatment.

“I am convinced he is on his way to sobriety,” said Attorney Terrell.


Mustian reported from New York. Contact AP’s Global Investigative Team at Follow Jim Mustian on Twitter at @JimMustian.

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