Parents of children victimized by Dallas’ most active child molester were outraged yesterday when he was set free after a judge dismissed a sexual abuse charge against him that could have sent him back to prison for life, reports the Dallas Morning News. A judge dismissed the 2001 indictment that alleged that David Wayne Jones had committed aggravated sexual assault against a child in the early 1990s. The judge said prosecutors took too long to bring the case to trial. Parents of the more than 40 children Jones has admitted to molesting at an East Dallas YMCA camp say the setback is another example of how the criminal justice system has failed them since Jones was first arrested more than 13 years ago.
The charge was dismissed after the alleged victim was finally willing to come forward. “It matters, and it still matters,” one victim’s mother said. “To find a young man who is willing to come forward like that is unusual. It takes a lot of courage and character … you just keep hoping they’ll do something right.” The mother of two boys who attended the camp said prosecutors and police did not do their homework before a plea bargain was offered. Authorities were caught off guard when Jones revealed that he had molested more than 40 boys after the prosecution had agreed to the equivalent of one 15-year prison sentence.