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Controversial prosecutor out from Johnson County DA's office

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A controversial prosecutor is no longer with the Johnson County District Attorney's Office.

Heather Jones recently left the office. District Attorney Steve Howe declined Thursday to say under what circumstances Jones departed, citing personnel matters.

Jones had been prosecutor in Franklin County. She left that job to head up the sex crimes and child abuse division for Howe.

In April, court records revealed that the Franklin County sheriff tipped off Jones, who was his lover, that she was under investigation. A confidential informant told a Franklin County sheriff's deputy on May 20, 2012, that he had seen Jones buy meth at least twice from an associate of his, according to court documents. The deputy was participating in a federal drug investigation.

Her attorney said the allegations are false, and should have never been made public.

Jones has been on leave for at least a month with her cases becoming backlogged as other prosecutors were having to handle Jones' cases as well as their own.

Howe hasn't said who is replacing Jones.

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