Manderson man faces 17 felony charges

Nathan Oster

A 41-year-old Manderson man is facing multiple felony charges alleging that he physically and sexually abused a woman over a 10-day period last month.
Arthur Floyd Jones, 41, has been charged with 15 felony counts of sexual assault in the first degree, two counts of felonious restraint and five misdemeanor counts of domestic battery.  
The sexual assault charges split into two categories with 10 alleging he inflicted sexual intercourse by actual physical force and the other five alleging he did so by threat of death, serious bodily injury and/or extreme physical pain.
Prior to his arrest, Jones appeared on the state’s sex offender registry for a 2015 conviction in Wyoming for sexual assault in the first degree, with intrusion. He also has convictions for failing to register as a sex offender in Colorado.
Jones’ case has been bound over to Big Horn County District Court.
In the affidavit on file with the court, Sgt. Craig Shidler of the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office said law enforcement received a tip about a sexual assault victim arriving at the Cody Regional Hospital’s emergency room on April 27.
The victim later told Shidler that she and Jones had been in a relationship for more than a year, but that she’d been trying to leave him since January.  She said he was controlling and would not let her do so, and that the relationship had recently turned violent, to the point where she no longer felt safe with him.
The victim proceeded to share detailed physical abuse and sexual abuse that lasted for a period of 10 days, beginning April 15 and continuing through April 25, when the victim fled for her mother’s home in Powell.