- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 20, 2016

A former teacher from Huntington Beach slit his throat in a Santa Ana, California, courtroom Wednesday a few seconds after a jury convicted him of raping his live-in girlfriend’s underage relative.

Jeffrey Scott Jones, 56, had just been convicted of three felonies when he suddenly produced a small razor blade from his left pocket and slashed his throat, Senior Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown said, CBS News reported.

“His head hit the table and I thought he fainted, but then I saw the blood and the razor on the table,” she told reporters.

Jurors were rushed from the courtroom as a sheriff’s deputy attempted to restrain Jones while he screamed and bled profusely, the district attorney said.

Jones was initially uncooperative and had to be handcuffed while officials attempted to stop the bleeding, said Lt. Mark Stichter, of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office

He was eventually transported to an area hospital where he was being treated Wednesday for non-life threatening injuries, Lt. Stichter said.

“It’s very unfortunate, the whole thing,” defense attorney Ed Welbourn told reporters. “We respect the jury’s decision, but we thought there was reasonable doubt as to what occurred. … It’s just terrible. The good news is it looks like he will recover.”

Jones had taught for 27 years at Bell High School in Bell and Gahr High School in Cerritos prior to being arrested in 2013 on charges of sexual assault. Prosecutors said Jones inappropriately touched his live-in girlfriend’s 13-year-old female relative multiple times starting in 2012, then raped her twice in May 2013 before being arrested the following month. He later posted $1 million in bail and had been out of custody prior to Wednesday’s hearing.

A jury found Jones guilty Wednesday of two felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one felony count of continuous sexual abuse. He faces a maximum of 68 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 4.

The Sheriff’s Department is attempting to determine how Jones acquired the razor blade and got it into court, Lt. Stichter said.

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