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Kevin Jones, Softball Coach, Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teen Daughter's Best Friend

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Falls Township Police
Falls Township Police

Police in Pennsylvania say a local softball coach sexually assaulted his daughter's best friend in an alleged relationship that began when the girl was just 14 years old.

Kevin Jones, 34, of Falls Township, was charged with involuntary deviant sexual intercourse on Friday after the girl's sister revealed the assault to police, CBS Philadelphia reports. Authorities did not identify the victim.

Fairless Hills Police Lt. Henry Ward told the station that there is a mountain of evidence against the suspect.

"Mostly through various emails that were going back and forth through the victim and Mr. Jones -- a total of 1,400 -- it was obvious that a sexual relationship had occurred between the two," he said.

A criminal complaint obtained by NBC 10 states that the victim looked up to Jones, a married father of two. Police said that Jones texted the victim and sent her messages over Facebook during the same time that he coached her in softball. He allegedly referred to her as his "baby doll" and she would call him "daddy."

Police say that the girl had a nonexistent relationship with her father, which Jones allegedly used to his advantage.

"I'll be your dad from now on and I'll protect you like I'm your dad," Jones told her, according to the complaint.

Jones maintains that the two never had sexual contact. But NBC 10 reports that the girl warned him that her mother and sister might know about the relationship.

The abuse may have began in June 2011, when police say the Facebook messages started. Officers planned to serve a search warrant on Jones' home on Jan. 25, but incidentally, the home burned down at about 2 a.m.

This is a different Kevin Jones than a man with the same name arrested in Chicago on Jan. 17. That Jones, a 35-year-old charter school basketball coach, is charged with sexually assaulting one of his students after he gave her and her friend a ride home.

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