Oklahoma charity sues ex-chief, claiming porn, bribes

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: December 30, 2009 at 11:45 am •  Published: December 30, 2009
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/> In the countersuit, the charity’s attorneys described the material as publications and excerpts from publications ranging "from hardcore pornography to incestuous sexual family relationships.” The attorneys said the material was found hidden in his charity office and a nearby private area.

The attorneys identified some of the publications as Family Affairs, Taboo’s Family Heat, Best of Family Touch, Penthouse Secret Fantasies, The Penthouse Sex Files, Penthouse Forum, Best of Forum Letters, Penthouse Letters, Penthouse, Penthouse Variations and Playboy.

‘I’ve never taken a bribe,’ Jones says
As an evangelist in the 1970s, Jones crusaded against pornography. In his book, "Keep Walking,” Jones wrote he even bought a bulletproof vest because of multiple death threats early in his campaign. Jones said Tuesday he intended to send the magazines to a Nashville ghost writer, Tom Carter, to explain to the writer how bad pornography has become. He said the ghost writer is helping him with a series of novels, including "The Zipper Disease.”

"I’m not a dirty, old man. All of this was done for research,” Jones said.

The charity’s attorneys said evidence Jones took bribes was found in documentation in his office after his termination.

The attorneys said the documents show Affiliated Media Group — which buys TV time for Feed The Children’s fundraising spots — regularly paid Jones. The attorneys alleged Jones concealed the payments.

The attorneys also alleged Jones secretly entered into a three-year contract with Affiliated Media Group and persuaded the company to put his son on its payroll.

Jones said Tuesday, "I’ve never taken a bribe in my life.”

Jones said he was paid about $10,000 a month in sales commissions by Affiliated Media Group.

He said he was paid because he recruited preachers to use the company for their own fundraising spots and air them before or after a Feed The Children spot.

He said that arrangement helped reduce Feed The Children’s costs for airtime, too. He said the payments ended years ago.

"The owner said to me, ‘Hey, man, you’re one of the best salesmen I’ve got. I don’t feel right you doing this without remuneration.’ I said, ‘Whatever you want to do is fine with me.’ … It was the same as … what his salesmen were getting,” Jones told The Oklahoman.

About getting his son a job, "I can’t say that I didn’t help do that. He worked for Affiliated Media. He doesn’t any more, but he did. There was nothing wrong with that. … If you came to me and said you wanted your son to go work for me and your son was capable in an area we needed him, then what would be wrong with that?”


THE COUNTERSUIT

Feed The Children is seeking both actual and punitive damages in its countersuit against its former president, Larry Jones. He used his position to benefit himself at the expense of Feed The Children, the charity’s attorneys allege. The countersuit was filed Monday in Oklahoma County District Court.

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