Jeffrey Jones: Milan Ryba/Globe Photos
Gary Susman
November 01, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Jeffrey Jones was arrested Thursday in Hollywood after a year-long child porn investigation. The 56-year-old character actor, best known for playing the Javert-like high school principal in pursuit of truant Matthew Broderick in ”Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” was charged with a felony count of using a minor in a sexually oriented film and a misdemeanor count of possession of child pornography, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons told the Los Angeles Times.

Jones’ accuser, a 17-year-old boy, came forward last November and ”alleged criminal acts of a sexual nature,” police spokesman Jason Lee told the Associated Press. Lee told CNN that ”numerous items of evidence” were seized from Jones’ house. ”For several months, detectives from Juvenile Division’s Sexually Exploited Child Unit conducted an extensive investigation into the allegations made against Jeffrey Jones,” he told CNN.

The same probe targeted Jones pal and fellow Tim Burton movie alumnus Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-Wee Herman, the Times reports. (Jones played Winona Ryder’s dad in ”Beetlejuice” and had roles in ”Ed Wood” and ”Sleepy Hollow.”) A year ago, police armed with a search warrant searched Reubens’ home and carted off boxes of material, including computers and what Reubens’ spokesperson described as a collection of ”vintage erotica.” The spokesperson said there was no underage porn found at the house, and no charges were filed against Reubens, but days later, police searched Jones’ house, saying they were acting on leads found among Reubens’ stash.

Jones’ attorney, Jeff Brodey, told the Times his client had been cooperating with authorities since that time. ”This is all about photos. There’s not allegations of any touching or any improper acts with a minor,” Brodey said. ”This will be resolved very quickly so he can get on with his life and get back to work.” He said Jones ”is a very decent guy, and his life shouldn’t be ruined.”

Jones was freed on $20,000 bond. He is due to be arraigned on Nov. 21.

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