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Possible Felony for 'Ferris Bueller' Actor Jeffrey Jones

By Kamika Dunlap on July 01, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Actor Jeffery Jones, best known for his role as Principal Rooney in 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, has been charged with a felony failing to update his sex offender status.

Jeffery Jones was arrested recently after he failed to renew his sex offender registration with the state within five days of his last birthday, Sept. 28, 2009, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The 63-year-old actor was ordered to register as a sex offender and undergo counseling in 2003 when he was placed on five years' probation after pleading no contest to inducing a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photographs.

So what is sex offender monitoring?

Upon release, sex offenders must sign up with their state's sex offender registry.  As previously discussed, the registry is designed to monitor sex offenders and make their information available to the public via the Internet or other means.

Currently, there are an estimated 674,000 sex offenders on the sex offender registry lists in all 50 states across the country.

Some registered sex offenders are then tracked for years, and in some cases for the rest of their lives.

After they are signed up on the sex offender registry, sex offenders are often classified by general risk levels:

  • Level one (low risk);
  • Level two (medium risk); and
  • Level three (high risk) 

Depending on risk levels, some registered sex offenders are required to wear a Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring device.

According to jail records, Jeffrey Jones was arrested by police and released after posting $20,000 bail.

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