Jason Lont: Katy High Theater Director Accused of Sexual Conduct with 15-Year-Old Boy

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Jason Lont is out on bond.
A theater director at Katy High has been charged with sexual assault of a child in relation to a 15-year-old boy the man allegedly met via Grindr, a gay-hookup app.

Jason Lont, 35, who is listed as an assistant theater director on the school's Web site, has been charged with performing oral sex on the boy, who is not a student. The incident happened at his Katy home.

Court documents show the boy's mother discovered text messages that indicated a sexual relationship between the two and contacted authorities.

The Katy school district told Fox 26 that Lont, who has been at the school since 2005, was placed on administrative leave January 12 after officials learned of the allegations.

Just five days later, Lont was quoted in the Houston Chronicle 's Katy edition describing Katy High's theater production.

Jason Lont, assistant theatre director, said a melodrama is new to the Katy students. It's been at least 10 to 12 years since the school produced a similar play.

"Comedy is much harder than drama. Dying is easy - comedy's hard," Lont said.

"I tell the student actors: comedy is so subjective. What's funny to you may not be funny to me and what may be funny in rehearsal one day may not be able to be repeated the next, it may fall flat ... you just keep going and you commit fully.

"The comedy and the grandness of the sets, costume changes and music has been a big challenge, but the Katy Tigers are no strangers to working hard and we want everyone to experience a Texas-size comedy!"

He is out on a $30,000 bond.


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Crazyskater14585
Crazyskater14585

They are both fags. No room in the world for either one of them. Get rid of them both. Fuck it. Not like we will be losing anything

CrazySkatersBF
CrazySkatersBF

 CrazySkater - you are a moron.  The sad thing is that you don't have a clue how insecure it makes you appear to say things like that.  Most calm, educated people can spot insecurity a mile away.  Why are you so scared of male:male sex?  Could it be that you are scared to death of people finding out about that time in the locker room you got wood around naked guys? Or perhaps you think it leads people to believe you have never thought about dick?  Come on....

Noone
Noone

I live in the Katy area and have teenagers of my own. This story is truly a tragedy for all involved. No matter the truth or the final outcome both will suffer. Either way guilty or innocent Mr. Lonts life is forever changed. The career of a teacher that some were fond of is over. Also the life of a child has forever been affected. Yes I said child. Because like it or not 15 is still a child. I do not want my 15 year old involved in sexual relationships especially with a much older individual. Any of you that do have teenagers know they do things which they shouldn't and go places they do not belong. There is much in life that a 15 year old is not mentally or emotionally ready to handle and deal with. As parents we do our best to keep them out of bad situations but we can not always succede.

I find all of this very disturbing disturbing. Not one of you know the whole story yet you still pass judgment and  find people guilty or innocent with no facts. That alone shows ignorance. The story does state a few things...that the boy had been on grinder and his mother discovered text messages. Was it wrong for the boy to be on grinder? Yes, but criminal? I dont think so. If Mr. Lont did engage in sex with the boy, that is criminal and should be! I find it hard to believe that Mr Lont, a high school teacher cant tell the difference between an 18 year old boy and a 15 year old boy.  

mediadrone
mediadrone

A teacher, more than anyone, knows that an 18 year old can look younger or older for their age. The story is based off of allegations that may or may not be true. We have no idea what all the facts really are. How do we even know that there was any sexual contact at all? 

noname1994
noname1994

Mr. Lont was my teacher. I could tell he was gay, a lot of people could. BUt I don't think the school knew. This all makes for good tv. The news acts like they know everything, but really they only have the word of a parent that just discovered their kid is gay. Why should we automatically believe them? We don't know what the messages said. The news people treated this story as if it were the gospel. I think it's because it was a gay teacher. Any kid could decide at anytime to strike against an adult with stories of sexual harrassment. Everyone will believe you no matter what. Until I see proof that Mr. Lont assaulted anyone i will continue to believe he is innocent. 

Mstralala
Mstralala

I have two sons who have been involved in Katy Theater for the last three years, working closely with Mr. Lont.  Both boys were totally blind sided with these charges, as was I.  Let's not forget, people, that the media plays it as though it is all fact in order to sell the story.  We are talking about a man's life here!  He loved his job and he was great with the kids and they loved him too!   This is AMERICA where a man is inocent until proven guilty!!  What really troubles me is that IF he is cleared of these charges, his career at Katy High will still be over.  What a shame!

Thatscreative
Thatscreative

I am an adult in the Katy community, that has had frequent opportunities to have contact with Jason Lont. He is not a pedophile. He might have very poor judgement, and probably should've been connecting with someone on Grindr closer to his own age. However, when a single adult posts a profile on an adult dating site you assume the other profiles are posted by adults. It's a shame that a fun and creative instructor like Lont will be judged and black-listed as a teacher, and the fact that he's a homosexual will make the charges only more sensational. I've never seen Lont behave inappropriately with his students and the online posters and gossip-mongers should remember the facts before adding fuel to the fire.

Lauren Myers
Lauren Myers

I totally called this when I was in Junior High. Lont used to freak me the hell out. Cant say I am sorry for Lont, but definitely am sorry for the kid. Being on blast and feeling responsible for ruining a mans career and life, simply because he lied about his age to find someone to talk to that wouldn't judge him for being gay...yeaaahh, that sucks. 

dfakjsd351235
dfakjsd351235

This kid knew what he was doing, there is no doubt about that. He knew exactly what he was doing, and went to Mr. Lont's house willingly and got what he wanted. As for Mr. Lont, he should have known better not to mess around with a younger guy, whom is not of legal age. 

Bryan-Keyth Wilson
Bryan-Keyth Wilson

I am so sick of hearing these stories! Of all the sound mind ADULTS to engage in these act with, why do you prey on children! I am disgusted! 

Cooper1990
Cooper1990

The kid got busted for posing as an adult on a gay app and talking dirty to older men. He probably threw the accused under the bus to get his mother off his back. Teenager lie, especially to get out of trouble.

asdfghijkl1993
asdfghijkl1993

thankyouu! i think the same, but anywhere i post MY opinion i get bashed for it and people throw huge fits.

Gryphonfox
Gryphonfox

This kid lied about his age. Period. That's all that needs to be said.  Lont was using an application specifically for adults.  Since you have to agree that you're an adult before even using the application, Lont had no reason to believe the kid was anything other than what he said.  Maybe the mother should have inspected her son's phone earlier to see what kind of apps he was using?

Wyatt
Wyatt

God damn it, correct me if I'm wrong, but statutory rape is a strict liability offense. That means that the prosecution does not have to prove the accused knew a crime was taking place. "He said he was 18 and looked 18" is not going to work in most cases. Not commenting on the value of that either way, it's just the way it is.

Gryphonfox
Gryphonfox

Many "statutory rape" cases where the accused meets the "victim" in an adult environment, where a minimum age can be assumed (such as a bar where everyone inside is 21 by law) get thrown out because the "accused" made a "reasonable assumption" about the age of the "victim".

jjadler2000
jjadler2000

You are citing an article, not case law. You cannot base a defense on legal opinions. There is really no such thing as "statutory rape" in Texas. It all falls under sexual assault of a child. The statute is clear, believing that the minor is of legal age is no defense. The law needs to be changed before opinions such as the ones cited are of any use. There are many advocacy groups trying to make that happen. Until then, injustice will be done. 

Wyatt
Wyatt

 Interesting, thanks.

Gryphonfox
Gryphonfox

Look up "rape by fraud: adult impersonation".  Pretty clearly says that it gives the person charged with statutory rape a defense against strict liability.

Gryphonfox
Gryphonfox

Okay, did some digging and technically Wyatt you are correct, however Lont would be well within his rights to claim "rape by fraud" and challenge the "strict liability" offense of his statutory rape charge."In addition to constituting a new category of rape by fraud, adult impersonationmay lay the foundation for a defense to the strict liability offense of statutory rape"http://www.law.northwestern.ed...may lay the foundation for a defense to the strict liability offense of statutory rape"http://www.law.northwestern.ed...

Wyatt
Wyatt

Citation? In a lot of states - I believe Texas included, but again, I could be wrong - proving mens rea is unnecessary.

In a case like this, I'd say it absolves the accused of any moral failures, but legally he'd still be in big trouble if found guilty of the act.

Snowisfun
Snowisfun

Richard Connelly, if indeed this accusation is true, then he is a HOMOSEXUAL.  Homosexual statutory rape is often linked to a boy turning out homo.  If this accusation happened, then let's hope the boy doesn't turn out homo because of this.  Homo/lesbian activities by willing adults is useless.  Cure homosexuality/lesbianism.  Drugs are homo/lesbian.

Hugh Ramsey
Hugh Ramsey

I think I speak for all of America when I say 'what?'

virgo79
virgo79

And when the charges are dropped or he is found not guilty, will there be any media attention? I think not. 

Guest2
Guest2

I agree. Until they prove that Lont KNEW he was a 15 yr old boy, I'm going with the innocent until proven guilty. He (the boy) was supposed to be an adult to even be on Grindr website. I believe the boy lied about his age & willingly participated. If Lont was truly seeking out young boys, he would have tried to get with the hundreds of high school boys he teaches everyday. We were very involved with him for 4+ years & never witnessed anything in appropriate.

Wyatt
Wyatt

 Could be wrong, but "I didn't know" or "He/she lied" is not a legal defense for statuatory.

Wyatt
Wyatt

 Nice spelling of statutory, dickhead

Junkstash
Junkstash

Oh fuck, I saw this guy like everyday at school ....

Guest
Guest

The incident happened at his Katy home? No.  That should say - The incident ALLEGEDLY happened at his Katy home. Mr. Lont is being treated by the press as if he has been proven guilty. He hasn't! And we are just supposed to believe this boy's story? Even though he has already proven himself to be a liar? He posed as an 18 year old and sought out sex with men. He is no victim. And that there are blanket charges like this, where a situation like this is equated with predatory rape, is insane. 

asdfghijkl1993
asdfghijkl1993

BULLSH**. A**hole kids at KHS started rumors about him like this ALL the time.Just because he's gay doesn't mean he's a pedophile, and give you so close-minded people the right to bash him like this. Someone started a similar rumor, and it was proven to be rumor, 2-3 years ago. It's probably some immature kids starting crap for sh**s and giggles.

Wyatt
Wyatt

Even if the allegations are true, he's not a pedophile. The kid was 15. Again, if true, that's creepy and wrong, but 15 is post-puberty, and is not the age of a fucking child. I mean, not the age of a child. 

Wow
Wow

Post puberty is over 21. It's a pedophile act. Don't be absurd.

ronpaul2012
ronpaul2012

As a medical diagnosis, pedophilia (or paedophilia) is defined as a psychiatric disorder in adults or late adolescents (persons age 16 or older) typically characterized by a primary or exclusive sexual interest in prepubescent children (generally age 13 years or younger, though onset of puberty may vary).15 years old is NOT prepubescent. This is NOT an act of pedophilia. Individuals are allowed to get married at the age of 14 in Texas.Teenagers all across the country can be tried as adults at this age. So we have a double standard. If a teenager commits a violent act, they deserve to accept responsibility as an adult. But if they commit a sexual act, they didn't know what they were doing and they are the victim. 

Junkstash
Junkstash

There was text conversation haha don't be ignorant just cause you liked the guy

asdfghijkl1993
asdfghijkl1993

do you know what the conversation said? did YOU personally read it.the media can say whatever they want even if it's false, they do it all the time.still the 15-yr old lied about his age to use grinder or whatever the app is called.As someone on here already said, there's a chance that he's lying about this to get his parents off his back. 

Britt44dorsett
Britt44dorsett

That CHILD knowingly went on gay SEX SITE. a site you have to be 18 to join. Therefore he lied about his age and KNOWINGLY sought sexual relations from an adult. Where I am Disappointed in my former theater teacher, I also strongly think that the boy needs to be legally held accountable for his actions too. It's not right that these supposed "children" knowingly solicit sex from adults and get nothing but a slap on the wrist and are labeled as "victims".... When these adults lives are completely ruined and their reputations trashed.

M4dm0ther
M4dm0ther

A child is a child! No TEACHER on earth should have any relations with children!!!  Mr. "Lont" is 35 years old.  Should he be looking for someone in his late twenties or early thirties???  Come on!

Junkmail77494
Junkmail77494

Oh I'm not saying Lont isn't wrong bc he surely is & he will be punished. But the boy isnt innocent either. He signed up on the app and agreed to the terms - that he was 18 years old! He posed as an adult. I'm just saying, the boy (child) whatever, was looking for a sexual relationship with another man. I'm not so sure it wasn't entrapment.

Junkmail77494
Junkmail77494

Life, as he knew it, is now over.  He was a good theatre teacher and a nice guy.  What a stupid, stupid decision!!!  So dissapointed, Mr. Lont.  They should release the boys name also bc he's just as guilty.  He was on the website seeking out another person to become involved with and lied about his age.  He went to his house not just ONCE,  but TWICE & he willingly participated.

Wyatt
Wyatt

You can't release the name of a minor victim of sexual assault. Don't be ridiculous.

On the other hand, I don't think consensual sex with a post-pubescent teen should be anything other than statutory rape. Which is still very serious, yeah, but there should also be concessions made if the kid actually sought out adults while posing as an 18-year-old.

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