Arroyo Grande’s Citizen of the Year is still Lenny Jones
April 30, 2015
The Arroyo Grande Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce is in no rush to revoke the Citizen of the Year status held by realtor and alleged child molestor, Lenny Jones.
Chamber of Commerce board members met Tuesday to discuss whether or not Jones should keep his award. The board decided it is premature to take any action.
The chamber board says it recognizes the seriousness of the charges Jones faces, but the legal system is the proper channel to address them. The board plans to wait until the court case is resolved to readress Jones’ 2014 Citizen of the Year award, if needed.
Jones is accused of molesting girls ages 6, 9 and 12, and a 3-year-old boy, during a child’s birthday party he hosted at his Arroyo Grande home on March 22. Sheriff’s deputies say they found explicit photos of the boy on Jones’s computer.
A parent of two of the girls Jones allegedly molested has already filed a lawsuit against the realtor. The attorney who filed the suit says he has a witness who saw Jones lock the 6-year-old girl in a room with him at the birthday party.
Jones faces charges of kidnapping, penetrating with a foreign object, exploitation of a minor, having explicit photos of a child and several counts of child molestation. He is currently being held without bail in the San Luis Obispo County Jail.