Texas DPS intelligence and counterterrorism chief fired after arrest on sexual assault charge

John Jones was arrested Tuesday in Travis County. He is accused of raping a woman at a party July 20.

At center of photo, John Jones, the former Texas Department of Public Safety Chief of Intelligence and Counterterrorism.
At center of photo, John Jones, the former Texas Department of Public Safety Chief of Intelligence and Counterterrorism.  Screenshot via C-SPAN

A top official at the Texas Department of Public Safety has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, according to Travis County court records. He was fired the same day.

John Jones, who led the agency’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division, was arrested by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and booked into jail Tuesday night. He is being held on $750,000 bond, according to jail records. In an arrest affidavit, Jones is accused of raping a woman who attended a party at his house July 20.

The woman told law enforcement that Jones had been drinking heavily and offered to let her ride his ATV, according to the affidavit. While they were driving, the woman said Jones sat on the ATV behind her and asked when she last had sex, the affidavit says. Jones eventually took control and rode to a secluded spot, where she said he raped her before taking her back to his house and telling her not to tell anyone what happened, according to the affidavit.

The woman later went to the emergency room to have a sexual assault forensic exam, according to the report. The exam documented trauma to the woman's genitals and bruising over her body.

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DPS said in a statement Wednesday that Jones was terminated.

"The department takes allegations like this very seriously, and the Texas Rangers are working closely with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading this investigation," the statement said.