Jarrett Jones Case Heading To Grand Jury

Posted at 7:04 PM, Sep 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 09:39:51-04

The case of the Metro school teacher accused of secretly recording his former elementary school students as they changed in a closet was set to go before a grand jury. 

Jarrett Jones waived his right to a preliminary hearing and did not appear in court Monday. Judge John Holt was supposed to hear a motion on increasing his $100,000 bond.

State prosecutors said Jones is not posting bond but if he decided to, his defense team must let the state know 14 days prior to set a bond hearing.

"We want to give the state time for the investigation and hopefully that will show there was no physical contact," Defense Attorney Bobby Ballinger said. 

Ballinger said his client would not want to bail out soon after his arrest for the sake of the investigation. 

"He wants the community to gather the information and feel assured that he will stay in jail and go from there," Ballinger added.

Jones was arrested last week and has been in the Davidson County Jail on two counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Officials with the Metro Police Department said Jones was videotaping 40 students undressing during his time as a music teacher at Napier Elementary from 2011-2015. 

Officers also seized hard drives that allegedly contained 50 videos in a folder titled "Napier" and more than 1,000 sexually explicit images of children. 

Dozens of families of the victims were in the courtroom on Monday for the opportunity to see Jones. The district attorney's office informed them of the hearing during one of the meetings at Napier Elementary

"My grandbaby is going through a lot of things right now and it's not right," Jacqueline Spencer, a grandmother said. "I just want to know why."

Jones was a teacher at Antioch High School and was put on administrative leave. He may face more charges depending on the investigation.