Athens man receives 10-year sentence for allowing underage girl to use hotel room for prostitution


Terrance Oneal Jones

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man recently received a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to keeping a place of prostitution for a person under 18 years old.

According to a formal accusation filed March 2 in Clarke County Superior Court, 24-year-old Terrance Oneal Jones of Rhodes Drive allowed an underage girl to use his hotel room for the purpose of prostitution.

Jones was arrested Feb. 22, 2019 while Athens-Clarke County police, at the request of the Henry County Police Department, were searching in Athens for a 16-year-old runaway girl.

“The juvenile was located,” said Capt. Christopher Nichols, commanding officer of the Criminal Investigations Division. “During the investigation we discovered a case of human trafficking. As a result, Jones was identified and arrested,” Nichols said.

According to court records, Jones was initially charged with trafficking a person for sexual servitude.

Last Thursday, Jones pleaded guilty to the lesser charge and was sentenced by Western Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Eric Norris to 18 to 24 months in a diversion center and 10 years on probation.

Jones, who had been free on bond, reported to the jail on Monday to begin serving his sentence.

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