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Actor Jeffrey Jones faces child sex charges

Jones is best known for his role as Ed Rooney, the smarmy principal in the 1986 film
Jones is best known for his role as Ed Rooney, the smarmy principal in the 1986 film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Los Angeles police Thursday arrested actor Jeffrey Jones, best known for his role as the smarmy principal in the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," on charges of using a minor for sex acts and possession of child pornography, officials said.

Officer Jason Lee said a search warrant was served at Jones' home in November 2001 after a minor alleged criminal acts of a sexual nature against the 56-year-old actor. During that search, Lee said, officers seized "numerous items of evidence."

"For several months, detectives from Juvenile Division's Sexually Exploited Child Unit conducted an extensive investigation into the allegations made against Jeffrey Jones," he said.

Jones is free on $20,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment November 21.

Jones played Ed Rooney, the dean of students, in the "Ferris Bueller" film. The actor has also appeared in such films as "Amadeus," "The Hunt for Red October," "Ed Wood," "Beetlejuice" and "The Crucible."

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