A Phoenix attorney who was accused of sexually assaulting an elderly woman in an Arizona hotel room last month has been fired, the Arizona Republic reported.
Austin W. Jones, 49, was fired from his Phoenix criminal defense practice on Tuesday, the Republic reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.
Jones’ attorney, David L. Tovar, said he was unaware of the firing, the Associated Press reported.
Tovar said he has not heard from Jones since Friday, and Jones has not returned calls.
The Phoenix News reported last month that Jones, who has practiced law in Phoenix since 2003, had filed a complaint with the Phoenix Police Department about a January incident at the Avalon Hotel in downtown Phoenix, where he said he tried to stop a woman from entering the room by pushing her arm behind her back.
Jones told police he believed the woman was drunk and that she pushed his arm back, the Phoenix News report said.
Jones said in the complaint that the woman told him she had had alcohol thrown at her, and that he pushed her arm back so she would not fall on the floor.
The woman told police that she did not see the alleged assault, according to the Phoenix Star.
Phoenix police said the woman in the hotel room is believed to have been in her 70s.
Jones has worked in the criminal defense industry for 10 years, according the Republic, and has represented clients in criminal and civil cases, according its website.
He has also served as the executive director of the Arizona Family Policy Council, which advocates for the family’s constitutional rights.