A Nashville teacher who allegedly secretly video recorded more than 40 elementary school children as they undressed at separate times is now in the Metro Jail.
A two-week investigation by MNPD Sex Crimes Detective Mike Adkins and computer expert Detective Chad Gish led to today’s arrest of Jarrett Jones, 30, on two counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of minors and three counts of sexual exploitation of minors. Hermitage Precinct officers took Jones into custody on the outstanding warrants without incident at his 2536 Forest View Drive home in Antioch.
The investigation of Jones began after he asked a colleague at Antioch High School to help him with a computer problem (Jones began this school year as the assistant band director at Antioch High School). That colleague saw questionable items on the computer and notified authorities. The secretly recorded videos relate to Jones’ position as a music teacher at Napier Elementary School from 2011-2015. Jones is alleged to have instructed young girls to change clothes in the music room’s closet, as part of school plays or choir performances, after placing a hidden video recording device inside. During the execution of a search warrant at Jones’ home, several pieces of digital equipment, including an external hard drive were seized. An examination of that hard drive by Detective Gish revealed more than 50 videos in a folder entitled “Napier.” There appear to be at least 40 different girls in the videos. Also on the hard drive were more than 1,000 sexually explicit images of minors that appear to have been downloaded from an external source unrelated to Napier Elementary.
After analyzing the videos, detectives have identified the majority of the children who were secretly recorded at Napier Elementary. They now attend a variety of schools. Forensic interviewers and clinical therapists arranged through the Nashville Children’s Alliance were at 12 schools today and talked with a number of the students.
The school system placed Jones on administrative leave earlier this month as the investigation began.
Jones is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond. Additional charges are anticipated as the case proceeds through the court system.