TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A woman who heads a child abuse and sex crimes unit in the Johnson County district attorney’s office has been fined $500 for violating campaign finance laws.
The Kansas City Star reported that the Kansas Ethics Commission levied the fine against Heather Jones on Wednesday. The fine was for sending emails suggesting ways to help a Franklin County sheriff’s candidate from her district attorney’s office computer. Thirteen people received the emails.
Jones is a former Franklin County attorney. She told the commission she didn’t send the email in her capacity as an assistant district attorney. She said she thought she was sending the emails as a private Franklin County resident.
She added that she didn’t know she was doing something wrong, noting that she wasn’t soliciting money or votes.