November 22, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

For the first time since his arrest on child-porn charges a week ago, actor Jeffrey Jones appeared in public and addressed the allegations against him. ”All I want is for the truth to come out and for this matter to be resolved as quickly as possible,” he told reporters outside a Los Angeles courthouse on Thursday after his arraignment was postponed until Jan. 9.

Best known as the principal in ”Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” Jones was arrested last Thursday on a felony charge of using a minor for sex acts and a misdemeanor count of possessing child pornography. The charges stem from an accusation made over a year ago by a teenage boy that Jones had hired him to pose for sexually explicit photos. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has said that the charges do not concern any sex acts or any movies or videos.

Last November, as part of the same investigation, police searched the homes of both Jones and Paul ”Pee-Wee Herman” Reubens and seized various items from both homes as evidence. (Reubens’ lawyer has said that the items taken from his house were not ”even remotely related to anything improper.”) Reubens was also arrested last week and charged with misdemeanor possession of child pornography. Both actors are free on bond. Reubens faces a possible year behind bars and $2,500 fine, while Jones, if convicted, could spend three years in prison and have to register for life as a sex offender.

Echoing Jones’ comment that he had cooperated with authorities ”from the beginning,” his attorney, Jeffrey Brodey, said Jones was ”pleased that the matter finally has come to court. We’ve been waiting for a year. It’s been a very tough year for Mr. Jones.” (Police had to act by last week or let the one-year statute of limitations expire.) He said, ”After meeting with the prosecution and the police department, it’s our belief and hope that this matter will be very quickly resolved.”

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