Florida QB Jalon Jones accused of sexual battery by two women

Police investigated two incidents, 30 minutes apart, but neither complainant wanted to pursue criminal charges.
Florida Gators quarterback Jalon Jones (18) scrambles during the Orange & Blue Game presented by Sunniland on April 13, 2019 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainesville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)
Florida Gators quarterback Jalon Jones (18) scrambles during the Orange & Blue Game presented by Sunniland on April 13, 2019 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainesville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)
Published May 2

Florida blue-chip quarterback Jalon Jones was accused of sexual battery by two different women in two separate incidents half an hour apart last month, according to police reports obtained Thursday by the Tampa Bay Times.

Both women declined to pursue charges through the University of Florida Police Department, and at least one case was referred to UF’s student conduct and conflict resolution.

The first incident began consensually around 2 a.m. on April 6, a female UF student told police. But when two Gators freshman defensive backs, Chris Steele and Jaydon Hill entered the room and began laughing, the woman she told Jones to stop, according to the police report.

She told authorities she pushed Jones off her, got dressed and entered Steele’s room.

A separate report details another incident with another female UF student soon after.

That incident began around 2:30 a.m., also at the Keys Residential Complex. The second woman told police Jones kissed her neck in the kitchen before removing her jean shorts and underwear. Jones then penetrated her, according to the report, and the woman repeatedly told him to stop.

The UF student got Jones off her and got dressed before taking an Uber home, according to the documents.

A sexual battery kit was performed in both cases, but neither woman wanted to pursue charges. At least the first report was referred to the university’s student conduct and conflict resolution, according to the documents.

Jones, 18, participated in UF’s spring game a week after the reports were filed. The Virginia native and early enrollee rushed three times for 63 yards and a touchdown and completed one of his three passes for 5 yards.

“We are aware of the incident reports and have followed athletic department and campus protocols,” Gators spokesman Steve McClain said.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Jones was a four-star recruit and the nation’s No. 10 dual-threat quarterback prospect in the 2019 class. He was expected to redshirt this season and entered the NCAA transfer portal earlier this week.

Contact Matt Baker at mbaker@tampabay.com. Follow @MBakerTBTimes.

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