By Naeisha Rose
JAMAICA — A Jamaica resident was found guilty Aug. 9 of predatory sexual assault of a pre-teen girl and faces up to 25 years to life in prison, according to the Queens District Attorney. He will be sentenced Sept. 13.
Shaking Jones, 36, was convicted of sexual assault, sexual conduct and endangering the welfare of a child over the course of three years, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office.
Jones used his proximity to the girl’s mother, whom he was dating, to repeatedly assault the girl from Aug. 1, 2012, to July 2015. The girl was 7 years old when the assault began, according to Brown’s office. The DA said theabuse came to an end when the pre-teen disclosed her ordeal to an adult cousin.
“The facts alleged in this case chronicle a frightening ordeal of sexual violence that went on for years,” Brown said. “By using his friendship with the victim’s mother, the defendant took advantage of an innocent child for his own sexual gratification. He has now been convicted of being a pedophile and is deserving of a sentence reflective of the cruelty and selfishness of this crime.”
Presiding over the case was Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter, who ordered Jones be held without bail following his conviction, according to Brown’s office.
The District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau prosecuted the case with an assist from the D.A.’s division on Major Crimes.
— Naeisha Rose