Buffalo native and actor Jeffrey Jones, whose best claims to fame have been his big screen portrayal of principal Ed Rooney in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and his small screen portrayal of A.W. Merrick, Deadwood’s resident newspaper publisher, pled guilty on Tuesday in a Los Angeles court room for failing to update his residential status, which is required by law for sex offenders.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Jeffrey Jones, best known for playing the hapless principal in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, was ordered to perform 250 hours community service after pleading guilty on Tuesday to failing to update his registration as a sex offender.
Jones, 64, was also given three years probation by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, the Los Angles District Attorney’s office said.
The actor had pleaded no contest in 2003 to a charge of employing a teenage boy to pose for sexually explicit photos. Part of his sentence required him to register as a sex offender and update his information every year.
What could be more disturbing is that star creative mind and Deadwood, John From Cincinnati, and NYPD Blue creator and/or executive producer David Milch hired Jones to play in Deadwood’s ensemble cast in 2004, 2 years after Jones was popped for possessing child pornography and for hiring a 14 year old boy to pose for him in X-rated photos.
In November 2002, after having been accused of hiring a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photographs, Jones was charged with one felony count of employing a minor for purposes of taking sexually explicit photos and a misdemeanour count of possessing child pornography and released on $20,000 bail. In July 2003, after pleading no contest to the felony charge, he was placed on a sex offender register, given five years probation and ordered to undergo counselling. The misdemeanour charge of possession or control of child pornography was dropped.