ANDERSON — Former Pendleton physician Eric Jones, who faces an allegation of parole violation, said during a court hearing Wednesday that he doesn’t have the money to hire an attorney.
Jones, 47, had his initial hearing Wednesday following his arrest on Feb. 20 in Hamilton County on misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, operating a vehicle with alcohol concentration equivalent of 0.15 blood alcohol content or more and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
The state limit for blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent.
Jones is serving six years on probation after pleading guilty to charges of dealing in drugs, perjury and voyeurism.
The terms of his probation prohibited the use of alcohol and not to commit another criminal offense.
Judge Thomas Newman, Madison Circuit Court Division 3, could sentence him to six years in prison for violating probation.
Jones is being detained at the Madison County Jail without bond.
“I’m confused right now,” Jones told Criminal Magistrate Steve Clase. “I thought a hearing was going to happen today. I assumed I would go before Judge Newman and my family and friends could speak on my behalf.”
Jones is scheduled to appear before Judge Newman at 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday on the probation violation.
When asked by Clase if he would hire an attorney, Jones said a week ago he had $130 to his name.
“I don’t have any money,” he said. “The only way to hire an attorney is if my parents will pay. I don’t think they will.”
Jones was sentenced in 2016 through a plea agreement to six years probation.
He pleaded guilty to felony charges of two counts of dealing in a controlled substance, one count each of unlawful dispensation of a controlled substance, perjury, and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. He also entered guilty pleas to two misdemeanor charges of voyeurism.
At the time of his sentencing the state dismissed 26 other charges.
His attorney, Bryan Williams, said at the time of sentencing it was the appropriate outcome for the case.
“It’s not likely that Dr. Jones will find himself back involved with the legal system,” he said.
At the plea hearing Jones admitted to providing controlled substances to patients when not medically necessary and for failing to keep proper records.
Jones admitted to recording sexual activity with two patients without their consent or knowledge, which led to the conviction on the voyeurism charges.
Previous affidavits include allegations that Jones conducted “botox” parties arranged through a Carmel modeling agency.
According to a court affidavit, the DEA found a video on a computer dated June 25, 2014, in which Jones is having sex with a patient in his office.
According to the affidavit, in a February 2014 text message recorded from one of the doctor’s cellphones, the same patient asks to pick up a prescription for the drug Adderall at the Pendleton office.
“I think you owe me an office visit,” Jones reportedly wrote in a text. “I guess … but we better get naked soon. Your envelope is at the front desk.”