- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Thirteen families have joined a lawsuit against a former Council Bluffs pediatrician already in prison for child pornography and acts involving a 5-year-old girl.

The families claim that while examining patients, Jones recorded videos of the patients’ genitalia, the Daily Nonpareil reported (https://bit.ly/1wGwq1y ). Jones formerly practiced at the Methodist Physicians Clinic, which is also named in the suit. A message left with a clinic spokeswoman wasn’t immediately returned Monday.

On Aug. 15, Dennis Jones was convicted of possessing child pornography. He was also found guilty five days later of lascivious acts with a child, a class C felony, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on each charge to be served simultaneously.

According to court documents, Jones had an estimated 1.2 million images of child pornography and 9,300 videos of child pornography in his possession. Some videos were of 24 to 30 patients Jones secretly recorded using a pen camera without permission from them, their parents or the Methodist Physicians Clinic.

At his sentencing, Jones admitted to recording videos at the clinic, saying he had planned to use them for educational purposes. Jones said then that he was “profoundly sad of the shame” he brought upon his family, friends and co-workers and sad about the trouble he caused his patients.

“There’s no question that Dr. Jones admitted in court that he used a pen cam and took photos,” Jones’ attorney Michael Winter said.

“The issue here is whether there are damages,” he said.


Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, https://www.nonpareilonline.com

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