An Alabama college professor seen having sex with male students in videos found on a school laptop computer was fired, documents revealed Thursday.
Three videos from 2011 and 2012 showed former tenured Alabama A&M University education professor Dr. Edward Jones having sex with students on the school’s Huntsville-area campus, according to federal court documentsobtained by AL.com.
Jones, a 20-year professor, has filed his own lawsuit accusing the school of libel, breach of contract and violations of his Constitutional rights. University officials notified Jones he would be fired when they learned he had porn on his work computer, Provost Daniel Wims wrote in his March 10 termination letter.
“There is convincing evidence that you have engaged in sexual conduct below minimum standards of professional integrity and misused university computing/electronic assets in gross violation of well-established university policy,” Wims said.
Campus police arrested Jones, 51, on March 10 on charges of property theft of items worth over $2,500, according to Madison County inmate records. University officials directed questions about the arrest to the Madison County District Attorney’s office, where representatives didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.
Jones’ lawyer, Lee Loder, also didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The lawsuit Jones filed Feb. 25 in U.S. District Court denies all the allegations.
Jones, the former director of the school’s office of teacher education and certification, accused the university of firing him because he identified “serious deficiencies” within the department.
“Dr. Jones’ reputation is damaged as AAMU has alleged and engaged in a campaign to falsely accuse Dr. Jones of committing theft, of professional incompetence and engaging in immoral conduct,” the lawsuit said. “AAMU caused a theft warrant to be executed against Dr. Jones and proposed to terminate him based on allegedly immoral conduct.”
Jones claimed the search warrants came right after he told administrators in January he planned to appeal his firing.
Alabama A&M has just over 5,000 students and it’s on a campus designed by Central Park architect Frederick Law Olmsted about five minutes from downtown Huntsville. The university “is fully committed to defending its decision to terminate this professor,” Alabama A&M spokesman Jerome Saintjones said in a statement.
“The inappropriate conduct exhibited by this former faculty member will not be tolerated on this campus,” Saintjones said. “The university is committed to providing an educational environment that is conducive to learning for our faculty, staff and students. In that vein, the university will take whatever steps are necessary to protect the integrity and interests of the institution.”