Joshua Jones

A registered sex offender accused of attempting to lure a child into the woods is now accused of trying to carry out a similar crime.

In the latest case, police say Joshua Jones, 26, of McAlester, grabbed a child around her chest and tried to drag her away from her backyard in McAlester in May.

“Jones reached down and grabbed (the child) across her chest by the left arm, then placed something to her neck just under her chin,” Lt. Mike Crandall of the McAlester Police Department wrote in an affidavit describing the incident as it was told to him.

Jones was charged with lewd molestation and misdemeanor assault and battery Wednesday in connection with the May incident. Crandall said in police documents the child was able to get away from her assailant and run towards her house. After police were called, Crandall said he searched the area and was told by a neighbor they had witnessed a suspicious person in the area, but the lieutenant was unable to find or identify a suspect.

The case remained under investigation until Jones was arrested and charged with lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16 in late June in connection with a separate incident. Crandall said he presented a photo lineup of potential suspects to the girl in the May episode and the child identified Jones as her attacker.

Jones was convicted in 2008 of three felonies involving sexual misconduct stemming from an incident in which he tried to touch a 10-year-old girl at a public restroom. Two of the counts were indecent exposure and the other count was attempted lewd or indecent acts to child under 16. He received two ten-year suspended sentences for the indecent charges but went to prison for the lewd act. He was paroled in 2012.

the newest felony filed in the May incident carries a potential 20 years-to-life in prison sentence upon conviction.

The News-Capital attempted to contact Jones’ attorney for the indecent act case, Jeff Contreras, but he could not be reached for comment.*

Contact Parker Perry at pperry@mcalesternews.com.

* Contreras had no comment when after this article was published online.

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