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Jones no longer at Johnson County attorney post after meth allegations

By The Herald Staff | 6/13/2013

Franklin County’s former chief prosecutor has resigned from the Johnson County Attorney’s Office.

Heather Jones, who resigned as Franklin County attorney in May 2012 to accept a position as head of the sex crimes and child abuse division for the Johnson County Attorney’s Office, Olathe, is no longer employed with that agency, an attorney’s office spokeswoman confirmed Thursday afternoon.

The embattled Jones was singled out in a months-long Kansas Bureau of Investigation probe into former Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry that accused him of telling his lover — former county attorney Jones — that federal authorities were investigating her for buying meth. Jones and Curry both denied the drug allegations, though neither denied their affair once the claims came to light in court.

Details about the allegations against Curry came to light April 1 when Senior Judge John E. Sanders ruled in favor of a motion filed by The Herald and two Kansas City media outlets in Franklin County District Court to unseal the civil ouster petition against the former sheriff. The petition, filed by Stephen Hunting, Franklin County attorney, shortly after Curry’s Feb. 27 arrest by the KBI, was intended to remove the then-sheriff from office, though Curry’s March 21 resignation announcement largely rendered it moot.

The Johnson County Attorney’s Office declined to specify when Jones’ employment ended and the reason for her departure.

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