An Upstate pastor is now on administrative leave after police say he punched his teen daughter.
The Rev. Derrick Jones, the senior pastor at the Church of God in Seneca, has been suspended from pastoral duties while police investigate. Oconee County Sheriff’s deputies say they found Jones’ daughter bruised and beaten. Deputies turned over the case to Seneca Police, who arrested Jones and charged him with unlawful conduct toward a child.
The arrest was first reported by the Anderson Independent-Mail
A February 17 police report says the 16-year-old ran away from home following an argument that turned violent. The teen told deputies her father, Jones, grabbed her by the jacket and threw her on the floor. She says when she tried to get up, Jones sat on top of her and made it difficult to breathe. She says her father then punched her before she ran away from the house.
When the officer found the teen at her boyfriend’s house, he said her cut lip had dried blood on it and her ear was bloody and bruised. She also appeared to have bruising under one of her eyes.
Jones was charged on Feb. 18 with one count of unlawful conduct toward a child and taken to the Oconee County Detention Center, from which he was later released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.