Alabama Professor Fired For Taping Sexual Acts With Students On Campus
Alabama A&M University fired a tenured professor in March after the school discovered videos of him participating in sexual activity with two students on campus, according to court documents.
The school severed ties with Edward Jones, who has worked more than 20 years at Alabama A&M. Most recently, he worked as director of Office of Teacher Education and Certification.
According to court documents filed in federal court by Alabama A&M, videos of Jones were discovered on a school laptop that recorded the professor in three sex acts, including twice having oral sex with two different male students. All three instances occurred on the Alabama A&M campus, the school said.
Jones filed a lawsuit against Alabama A&M in February after the school began termination proceedings after what the lawsuit described as years of harassment when Jones attempted to bring to light administrative issues and concerns.
Jones’ attorney, Lee Loder, declined to comment on the case beyond the lawsuit.
The videos were found on a school laptop recovered at Jones’ home after Huntsville police and Alabama A&M police executed a search warrant, according to court documents.
Once the videos were discovered, Alabama A&M informed Jones he would be fired.
“There is convincing evidence that you have engaged in sexual conduct below minimum standards of professional integrity and misused university computing/electronic assets in gross violation of well-established university policy,” school Provost Daniel Wims wrote in Jones’ March 10, 2016 termination letter, which was included in the court file.
According to a memo from Alabama A&M police investigator Brian Ruble, two of the videos were made in 2011 and the third in 2012.
Jones previously received a letter outlining the school’s intention to terminate him after sexually-graphic photos were discovered on the professor’s work computer.
Photo via The Root, police handout