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Former prosecutor implicated in sheriff court case leaves Johnson County post

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 6/14/2013

Franklin County’s former chief prosecutor has resigned from the Johnson County Attorney’s Office and intends to go into private practice, her attorney said Friday.

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, a district attorney’s office spokeswoman confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Franklin County’s former chief prosecutor has resigned from the Johnson County Attorney’s Office and intends to go into private practice, her attorney said Friday.

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, a district attorney’s office spokeswoman confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Jones resigned June 6 and plans to go into private law practice in Kansas, Robin Fowler, Jones’ attorney, said. The details of where her practice will be located are being worked out, Fowler said Friday.

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 Jones, with whom he was said to be having an affair, that federal authorities were investigating her for buying methamphetamine, and then lying about it.

Jones and Curry both denied the drug allegations, and Jones has not been charged with any crime, Fowler said Friday.

Neither Jones nor Curry denied their affair once the claims came to light in court.

Details about the allegations against Curry became public 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.

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