Donald W. Jones

Donald W. Jones

A music camp instructor was fired after he was accused of trying to initiate a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl, a camp director announced Monday.

According to police, Donald W. Jones, 29, of Bay Shore, would contact the teen via instant message, text message and phone calls, as well as in conversation, asking her to have sex with him.

Jones, who worked as a piano instructor at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts in Wheatley Heights was terminated by the summer arts camp pending the results of a police investigation, officials said.

In addition to working at the camp, Jones was also employed part-time by numerous school districts according to Camp Director Dale Lewis. The camp did a criminal-background check before hiring him which revealed no criminal history.

Since the accusation, Usdan staff members have interviewed a number of Jones' former students in an attempt to see if any other campers were harassed by the Bay Shore man, Lewis said.

Suffolk County police arrested Jones Thursday, at the camp. Police searched Jones' home and confiscated his computer. He has been charged with one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, police said. An order of protection has been issued against Jones.

His hearing is scheduled for Sept. 22 at First District Court in Central Islip

The investigation is continuing, police said.