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Monday
Oct082012

Former NFL Cheerleader, Teacher Avoids Jail Time for Student Affair

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Jones, a former high school English teacher in Kentucky who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 17-year-old student, will not go to jail or have to register as a sex offender, according to the terms of a plea deal entered Monday.

Jones, 26, who is an ex-Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader, pleaded guilty to custodial interference and sexual misconduct, in place of more serious charges that could have sent her to prison for years.

"We are ecstatic about this plea agreement," Jones' attorney, Eric Deters, told ABC News. "It's a great deal for Sarah. She can go on with her life."

Central to the case were text messages between Jones and her victim but, Deters said, prosecutors would have had an uphill battle proving when and where the sex took place.

The former teacher walked out of court hand-in-hand with the victim, who is now 18. The pair would not comment on the plea deal or their relationship, ABC News' Cincinnati affiliate, WCPO-TV, reported.

Jones was indicted in March on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited acts. Police say the charges stem from an investigation that began in November at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Ky.

The former freshman English teacher stepped down from her position at the school in November after the investigation began, citing "personal reasons."

A federal charge was also handed down against Jones' mother, Cheryl Jones, for allegedly tampering with physical evidence in her daughter's case. The elder Jones also accepted a plea deal Monday and was given two years of conditional discharge and will have to pay court costs.

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Sunday
Oct072012

Sarah Jones: Former NFL Dancer and Teacher Will Take Plea Deal in Sex With Student Case

ABC News(EDGEWOOD, Ky.) -- A former high school English teacher who moonlighted as a Cincinnati Ben-Gal cheerleader will accept a plea deal on charges she had sex with an underage student.

Sarah Jones, 26, will head to court on Monday to accept the deal and be sentenced, her lawyer, Eric Deters, told ABC News' Cincinatti affiliate WCPO-TV. No specifics of the deal were given.

Jones was indicted in March on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited acts. Police say the charges stem from an investigation that began in November at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Ky.

Jones, a former freshman English teacher at the high school and cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals, stepped down from her position at the school in November after the investigation began, citing "personal reasons."

In July, Jones appeared on Good Morning America, to address the allegations.

"People don't know the real me. There's blogs and postings out there that I have slept with numerous people. I married my high school sweetheart," she said. "I just asked the general public to maybe hold their judgment a little bit longer until the truth comes out."

A federal charge was also handed down against Jones' mother, Cheryl Jones, for allegedly tampering with physical evidence in her daughter's case. The elder Jones is also expected to take a plea deal, WCPO-TV reported.

"The hardest thing has been having not only me go through it, but to have my mom go through it with me," Jones told GMA. "It's almost kind of a guilty feeling that she is even involved in this because what has happened to her is not fair. My goal is for her charges to be dismissed."

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Tuesday
Jul312012

Former NFL Cheerleader Denies She Is the 'Female Sandusky'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader accused of sex abuse is firing back at her critics and the rumors about her personal life, despite a request by prosecutors for a gag order in the case.

Sarah Jones, a one-time captain of the Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleading squad and a former high school teacher in Kenton County, Ky., is accused of sexually abusing a student and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual activities.

"I read on a blog that I was the female [Jerry] Sandusky.  To read those things and not be able to comment, not be able to stick up for myself is not fair," said Jones in an exclusive interview with ABC News.

"People don't know the real me.  There's blogs and postings out there that I have slept with numerous people.  I married my high school sweetheart," she said.  "I just asked the general public to maybe hold their judgment a little bit longer until the truth comes out."

Prosecutors asked a judge for a gag order on Monday to stop Jones from talking after she went on her lawyer's radio show earlier this month to comment on the charges against her.  Jones' lawyer, Eric Deters, filed a motion to dismiss all charges because of a lack of evidence.

"They have no evidence that sexual relations of any type took place in any of the 50 United States of America," Deters told ABC News affiliate WCPO-TV.

The judge said she would review the motions and make a decision in the coming days.

"We won't be sending out motions, we won't be going on radio shows.  You will be hearing our arguments about the evidence in court," said Leland Hulbert, spokesman for the Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, which is prosecuting the case.

Last November, the then 26-year-old teacher at Dixie Heights High School was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student.  Jones' mother, Cheryl Jones -- a middle school principal in the same school district -- is accused of tampering with evidence in connection with her daughter's case.  Sarah Jones resigned from her position in November 2011.

Both mother and daughter pleaded not guilty in April at their arraignment.  The two were joined by dozens of supporters including the family of the alleged victim, whose name has not been released due to his age.

"The hardest thing has been having not only me go through it, but to have my mom go through it with me," said Sarah Jones.  "It's almost kind of a guilty feeling that she is even involved in this because what has happened to her is not fair.  My goal is for her charges to be dismissed."

Jones' lawyer is also demanding the prosecution be sanctioned for saying in court that Jones allegedly sent a text to the victim saying "deny everything."  The prosecution described other texts with the victim as "steamy."

"I think people are taking this whole student-teacher thing… Yes, he was a student but he was not my student," said Jones.  "He was a family friend and I am very close to his parents.  Had it not been for their support it would be very difficult to get through this without them."

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Tuesday
Apr032012

Ex-Bengals Cheerleader Pleads Not Guilty in Student Sex Case

Hemera/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) -- A former Bengals cheerleader accused of sex abuse, and her mother, a middle school principal who allegedly covered up the crime, entered pleas of not guilty during their arraignment Monday in Kenton County, Ky.

Sarah Jones, one-time captain of the Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleading squad and a former high school teacher, is accused of sexually abusing a student and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual activities.

Sarah Jones' mother, Cheryl Jones, is accused of tampering with evidence in connection with her daughter's case.  Cheryl Jones is currently suspended from her job as middle school principal pending a further investigation.

Both Sarah and Cheryl Jones were arrested following a grand jury investigation into the charges.

At the courthouse Monday, the pair was joined by a dozen supporters, including the family of the alleged victim, according to ABC News affiliate WCPO.

Though the alleged victim's family supports Sarah Jones, Jefferson County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Sarah Farmer said the state would continue to prosecute the case against both Sarah and Cheryl Jones.

"The commonwealth feels that we have sufficient proof to go forward," Farmer told ABC News.

At the arraignment, Judge Patricia Summe ordered Sarah and Cheryl Jones to avoid contact with the alleged victim and to disable the text messaging component of their phones.

Forensic evidence for the case was collected by taking Sarah Jones' computers and phone records.

The trial date for both Sarah and Cheryl Jones was set for June 27.

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Friday
Mar302012

Cincinnati Ben-Gals Cheerleader and Former Teacher Charged for Alleged Affair with Student

ABC News(EDGEWOOD, Ky.) -- Kentucky police are calling a personal foul against a high school teacher who moonlighted as a Cincinnati Ben-Gal. Her offense: having sex with an underage student.

Sarah Jones, 26, was indicted Thursday on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited acts. Police say the charges stem from an investigation that began in November at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Ky.

"We were made aware of allegations of inappropriate relations between a teacher and an underage student at the school," said Edgewood Police Chief Anthony Kramer. "We have been conducting an investigation since that time."

Jones, a former freshman English teacher at the high school and current cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals, stepped down from her position at the school in November after the investigation began, citing "personal reasons."

The grand jury also handed down a federal charge against Jones' mother, Cheryl Jones, for allegedly tampering with physical evidence in her daughter's case. Both Jones and her mother refused to comment, but Tim Jones, Cheryl's husband and Sarah's father, said the family was shocked by the charges against his wife.

"This just happened yesterday, so there has been no time for us to prepare," Tim Jones said. "We don't even know what [Cheryl's] charges consist of, so it's impossible for us to comment." Tim Jones said the family had no comment on the charges his daughter is facing.

Dr. Terri Cox-Cruey, superintendent for the Kenton County School District, said Cheryl Jones, principal at Twenhofel Middle School in Independence, Ky., was placed on administrative leave after Thursday's indictment. She said the central office is cooperating with police, but are not conducting a separate, internal investigation.

"We were notified in November about the allegation against Miss Jones, but were surprised by the charge against her mother," Cox-Cruey said. "As teachers, there is a certain code of ethics, and it is very uncommon for teachers to break that standard. We will have to wait to see how the details of the investigation unfold before I can comment on what her position will be with the school."

But this isn't Sarah Jones's first appearance in a Kentucky courtroom. In 2010, Jones sued TheDirty.com for defamation of character after a photo of her and former Bengals kicker Shayne Graham appeared on the gossip website, along with comments that Jones had a sexually transmitted disease and had had sex in her classroom. Jones said she emailed the site multiple times, pleading with them to take down the photo.

"To stand in front of 30 15-year-olds and tell them you don't have STDs and that you are not a slut is the hardest thing you will ever have to do," she told ABC News' Chris Cuomo in a 20/20 interview.

A federal judge in Kentucky awarded Jones an $11 million default judgment for defamation in the case, but litigation is scheduled to continue June 4 in Covington, Ky.

An arraignment for both Sarah and Cheryl Jones is scheduled for Monday. If convicted, the women could spend at least five years in prison for each charge.

A representative from the Bengals organization could not be reached for comment.

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