Investigators say more victims possible after disabled woman sexually assaulted

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) - DeSoto County Sheriff's Department investigators still have an active, on-going investigation into a former employee who worked at a local mental health facility in Olive Branch.

Investigators are looking into the possibility of more victims after Joe Jones, 55, was charged with two counts of sexual battery against vulnerable people in his care.

In our exclusive interview, the father of a 25-year-old woman who is mentally disabled with the mental capacity of a ten year old, claims his daughter was touched inappropriately by Jones. He asked to keep his identity anonymous.

"I've been angry ever since they picked him up," the father said.

The WMC Action News 5 Investigators did some digging and discovered Jones worked for Region IV Mental Health Services in Mississippi, operated by Timber Hill Mental Health Services. That's where this dad sent his daughter to an adult day care for the mentally disabled.

"To do it to a special needs person, I mean that's very sick," the dad said. "It only happened one time to her, she says. One time too many."

In a statement, Executive Director Charlie Spearman Sr. said:

"Region IV Mental Health Services is cooperating fully with officials conducting the investigation to ensure that justice will be served.  In order to prevent any interference with the investigation, we will not have any further comments at this time."

"I don't want it to happen to nobody else," the father told WMC Action News 5. "And I want to see if there's any more people that will come forward."

Jones is being held on $100,000 bond. His next court date is set for July 24.

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