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Ex-police officer who coerced motorist into sex is sentenced in St. Louis County court

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COUNTRY CLUB HILLS  •  A former Country Club Hills police officer convicted of telling a woman motorist she could either have sex with him or be arrested for drunken driving was sentenced on Friday in St. Louis County Circuit Court to one year in the county jail.

Timothy H. Jones, 50, of Troy, Mo., was found guilty in October of pulling over a 24-year-old woman on Nov. 10, 2010, on suspicion of drunken driving on Interstate 70 near Lucas and Hunt Road. He had her perform a field-sobriety test, then told her she could either be arrested or have sex with him, authorities say. He then drove her in his patrol car to her home, where they engaged in “several sexual acts,” court documents say.

The woman apparently left her cellphone in Jones’ patrol car. When police began researching to whom it belonged, they reached the woman’s mother, who made accusations about what had happened. St. Louis County police launched an investigation.

Jones worked for Country Club Hills for about one year. He had been a Jennings officer for two decades before that.

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Paul Hampel is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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