Yesterday, we began a slog through Rebekah Jones’ civil and criminal court records. Today, we’ll move from Louisiana cases to Florida court records.
After Jones was fired from LSU, she entered a PhD program in geography at Florida State University. She also was a university employee. She was fired after a Title IX investigation found her responsible for having an inappropriate relationship with an undergraduate student (Garrett Sweeterman) and for stalking and harassing him after he ended the relationship. [Gentle Reader, think about it: a Title IX investigation that came out in favor of the male. How rare is that?] Shortly after she was fired, she was suspended from the doctoral program. She was subsequently banned from the FSU campus.
The records in Leon County, Florida, show that on 16 October, 2017, Jones was charged with Criminal Mischief because of damage she did to Mr. Sweeterman’s car (Case ID: 2017 MM 003464 A001). Four days later, a temporary restraining order was issued against Jones protecting Sweeterman from stalking (2017 DR 003492). A week later, Jones attempted to retaliate against Sweeterman by seeking an “dating violence” injunction, but her petition was dismissed (2017 DR 003573).
On 2 March, 2018, Jones was arrested for violating a domestic violence injunction protecting Sweeterman which required her not to be within 500 ft of FSU or his residence or place of employment and to take her medications as required. Two weeks later, she filed another petition for another “dating violence” injunction (2018 DR 000736) which was denied. The case file for her 2 March arrest (2018 CF 000798 A) shows three charges: Violation of a Domestic Violence Injunction, Trespassing, and Robbery by Sudden Snatching. The case was eventually dropped.
Jones got busier during 2019. It may take a couple of days to work through all the cases.
Meanwhile, my podcasting partner Stacy McCain is writing about Rebekah Jones too, and he’s proposing that Thursday should be Everybody Blog About Rebekah Jones Day. I endorse the idea and plan to participate.