Jeffrey Scott Jones, an English teacher, slit his throat in court Wednesday in Santa Ana, California, after being charged with sexually assaulting the teenage relative of his then-girlfriend, reports CBS News.
The authorities are trying to determine how the man smuggled the razor into the courtroom.
His head hit the table and I thought he fainted, but then I saw the blood and the razor on the table.
"Right after the judge asked if we wanted jurors polled, both attorneys said no, and then he took a razor out of his left pocket and slashed his throat," Senior Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown said to CBS.
Jones taught Advanced Placement English at the Libra Academy in Huntington Park, California, when the charges were filed.
The prosecution argued that Jones had sex with the young female relative in May of 2013 and molested her at various points between Sept. 2012 and April 2013.
Jones' girlfriend accused her relative of framing Jones and sent her to a shelter. She subsequently wound up in numerous foster homes.
Jones was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and continuous sexual abuse. He faced up to 66 years in prison.
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