LANCASTER – Have you done business with Duane Howard Jones? If so, local parole officials would like to hear from you.
Jones, a GPS-monitored sex offender, has been peddling video production services to area business owners without notifying them of his status, according to local parole authorities.
“As far as parole is concerned, businesses in the community are the employers of this individual, so anybody that hires him needs to know that he is a registered sex offender,” said California State Adult Parole Operations Supervisor Larry Dorsey.
Parole agents, assisted by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Partner’s Against Crime (PAC) Team, arrested Jones Friday morning at the McDonald’s on Avenue K, near 10th Street West in Lancaster.
The team also seized a computer and video equipment from the 36-year-old parolee’s residence. Parole conditions prohibit Jones from having a video camera, Dorsey said.
For the past two weeks, Jones has allegedly solicited businesses along Lancaster Boulevard, from 10th Street West to Sierra Highway, as well as local businesses along 10th Street West, between Lancaster Boulevard and Palmdale Boulevard, according to Dorsey.
“He targeted salons and other businesses where there were women and girls. He wanted them to pay him money, anywhere from $150 to $1,600, to make a video to promote their business,” Dorsey said. “As far as we know, he does not have any type of business license and there is nothing that registers him as a videographer in the city of Lancaster.”
The “company” is called “Lil Lamb Production,” Dorsey said, and Jones has created a “company” Facebook page and YouTube Channel. On the Lil Lamb Production YouTube Channel, there are several videos featuring BLVD businesses, including Juicebox, Brooklyn Deli, Forge Store, and Olives Mediterranean Café. In the videos, Jones brags about gaining entry into employee work areas by claiming he’s a “big time producer.” View the videos here.
“In some of these videos, he never got the owners’ permission,” Dorsey said.
Jones has a criminal history that dates back to 1992, and includes two local indecent exposure convictions within the past eight years, according to court records. In 2010, a jury convicted Jones of felony indecent exposure for masturbating at Pelona Vista Park in Palmdale during a youth soccer practice. Jones was also convicted of misdemeanor indecent exposure in 2006 for masturbating in a Lancaster woman’s backyard on two separate occasions. The victim’s neighbor testified that Jones had masturbated outside her bedroom window, as well, according to court records. Read details on those crimes here.
Investigators are now trying to round up all local business owners who either paid Jones for services or had videos produced without their permission.
“The investigation is still in the preliminary stages, and we need more information from the public,” Dorsey said.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Larry Dorsey at the Antelope Valley Parole Office at 661-729-0530, ext. 225.