Former San Diego High baseball star Jacque Jones faces lawsuit for revenge porn

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The Washington Nationals announced Friday that their assistant coach, and former San Diego High School player, Jacque Jones has been suspended with pay pending an internal investigation.

The announcement was made minutes before the team's Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs.  Team officials said only that Jones, a 1993 graduate of San Diego High, is connected to a legal matter.

10News obtained court documents that show Jones and the Nationals were named in a lawsuit filed on Sept. 29 in San Diego Superior Court.

The lawsuit alleges that Jones distributed material that exposed Jane Doe's "intimate body parts" without her consent, and that the team knew about his conduct but did nothing about it.

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According to court records, Jones, who resides in Escondido during the offseason, was in a relationship with the plaintiff, listed as Jane Doe, who also lives in San Diego.  The couple used email, Facebook Messenger, and text messages to stay in touch, and would see each other when the Washington Nationals played in San Diego or during the offseason.

"During one of the times apart, Coach Jones requested Plaintiff send a naked photo of her breasts (i.e., intimate body parts). In Coach Jones’s words, he wanted Plaintiff to send him pictures of 'the full tiddies,'" the lawsuit says.

Jane Doe initially refused to send photos and told Jones she was worried other people would see the images, her attorneys wrote in the complaint.

"But he was persistent and assured Plaintiff the photos were private and would remain private. Based on Coach Jones’s promise, Plaintiff sent him a photo of her breasts. Even though her face was cut out of the photo, the photo includes things that make her identifiable in the photo," the lawsuit says.

Out of concern, Jane Doe texted Jones to say she had never sent photos like that to anyone, but was put at ease when Jones replied, "U know I ain't gonna do nothing silly with ['em]," per the lawsuit.

Jane Doe sent Jones around 100 photos of herself, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit alleges that Jones became "controlling" and "demanding" over the course of their relationship.  In an example, the court document says that Jones would get angry and persistently send her harassing messages.

* WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE*

On August 20, 2017, the Nationals were in San Diego to play the Padres and Coach Jones was in town. He was eager to see Plaintiff and told Plaintiff he had an authentic MLB sweatshirt for her father. He obtained the sweatshirt from the Padres through his connections as a coach for the Washington Nationals. Coach Jones planned on physically handing the sweatshirt to Plaintiff and he became very angry when Plaintiff informed him that she would not see him in person. Coach Jones became even angrier when Plaintiff informed him she would not be attending the game that day.

Plaintiff and Coach Jones's romantic and sexual relationship came to an end during the Washington Nationals' game that day. While Coach Jones was at Petco Park, and while he was in the course and scope of his employment as Assistant Batting Coach, he commenced a ferocious barrage of text messages to Plaintiff. His meSsages included the following tirade about Plaintiff's decision not to pick up the sweatshirt in person: "First I wasn't pissed off...But now FUCK YOU." He continued: "I have a flicking everyday job...Ten hours a fucking day...I was trying to see where you were so I could get you your dads flicking sweatshirt.. .I didn't have to try and come meet you...But I wanted to fucking hand it to you...yea but by the time you answered I had dropped [the sweatshirt] off and went to the stadium...So fuck you...and your feelings."

The complaint says that on Aug. 25, Jones came across a Facebook post published by a mutual friend thanking Jane Doe for a pair of Washington Nationals hats.

"Got these Fresh Hats from the homegirl. Thank you [Plaintiff]," the note said, according to the complaint.

Soon after seeing the post, Jones contacted the mutual friend through Facebook Messenger.  The complaint alleges that Jones sent two photos revealing Jane Doe's bare breasts, parts of her neck, and upper chest, along with the text: "Ask ya homegirl if she wants these back? I see your post and she's on some bull shit. She's loony and the type of chick that makes a nigga wanna stay single."

The lawsuit alleges Jones had been distributing nude photos of Jane Doe to other people as punishment for breaking up with him.

Attorneys for Jane Doe say Jones' team knew of his "propensity and predisposition to emotionally abuse and intimidate women.”  Jane Doe continues to experience "severe emotional distress, embarrassment, and even physical manifestations of the pain, including vomiting at the thought of Coach Jones's actions," the lawsuit says.

"Defendant Washington Nationals failed to investigate and respond to charges that Coach Jones committed the wrongful conduct herein described and failed to terminate Coach Jones," the lawsuit says.  "Alternatively, Coach Jones was acting within the course and scope of his employment with Defendant Washington National when he committed the wrongful conduct herein described."

The lawsuit seeks at least $25,000 in damages. The first hearing date is March 9.

The news of his suspension Friday came less than a half-hour before his team's Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs.

“That was kind of a downer before the game,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said, “because he’s a big part of the team.”

No legal representation was listed for either Jones or the Nationals.

Jones, 42, retired as a player in 2008 after 10 years with four teams.

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