By Naeisha Rose

Jamaica resident Shaking Jones was sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexually assaulting a pre-teen girl over the course of three years, according to the Queens DA’s office.

“The facts in this case chronicle a frightening ordeal of sexual violence that went on for years,” said DA Richard Brown.

Jones, 36, was charged with first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child, the DA said. He was found guilty Aug. 9 after a three-week jury trial presided over by Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter, according to the DA’s office.

He used his relationship with the child’s mother, which began on Aug. 1, 2012, and repeatedly abused the young girl until July 2015, according to trial testimony.

The abuse ended when the girl disclosed to an adult cousin what had occurred between her and Jones, according to Brown.

“By using his friendship with the victim’s mother, the defendant took advantage of an innocent child for his own sexual gratification,” the DA said. “The lengthy sentence imposed today by the court is more than deserving.”

The Special Victims Bureau within the DA’s office prosecuted the case.

Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at nrose@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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