Actor Jeffrey Jones, best known for his portrayal of a high school dean in the 1986 movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," has been charged with a single felony count of failing to update his registration as a sex offender, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Jones, 63, was arrested June 23 on suspicion of failing to renew his registration with the state within five days of his last birthday, Sept. 28, 2009, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. He was released on $20,000 bail.
In 2003, he was ordered to register as a sex offender and undergo counseling and was placed on five years' probation after pleading no contest to inducing a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photographs.
Jones paid a Fontana boy twice to pose nude for photographs he took at his Hollywood Hills home, according to court records. During the sessions that began in 2000, Jones persuaded the boy, identified in court records as Steven C., to pose naked with a cowboy hat and a stuffed animal and as an Indian.
Probation officials had recommended a suspended sentence and three years' probation. According to a probation report, the victim told Fontana police he met Jones through another photographer. His uncle had taken him to the other photographer, who paid him to pose naked and sexually abused him, according to the boy.
In addition to his role as Dean Rooney in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," Jones played Winona Ryder's father in the film "Beetlejuice" and the emperor in "Amadeus."