from www.wlwt.com – COVINGTON, Ky. — A Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleader has been indicted, accused of having sex with a student while she was a teacher.
Attorney Charles Lester Jr. confirmed that Sarah Jones was indicted on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic devices for illegal activities.
Jones resigned from her teaching job at Dixie Heights High School in November after the allegations came to light. She denied that anything happened.
“The student denies it, the parents of the student are upset that this has gone where it has gone, they don’t have anything bad to say about Sarah, Sarah denies it,” attorney Eric Deters said in December.
“There’s no victim. There’s nobody saying ‘Hey, this happened.'”
Deters is not currently Jones’ attorney because he was suspended last month for ethics violations. He will take over the case when the suspension is lifted on April 24.
Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders will not be prosecuting the case because he had been sued by Deters, though the case was dismissed. A special prosecutor from Jefferson County will handle the case, Sanders said.
Lester also confirmed that Jones’ mother, Cheryl Jones, was indicted on a charge of tampering with evidence. She is the principal at Twenhofel Middle School.
Lester said both women will plead not guilty.
“Sarah has maintained her innocence. The indictment of her mother is completely baseless. Cheryl Jones did not tamper with evidence,” Lester said in a news release.
Sarah Jones won a libel suit against a website over articles it published in 2010, but that case is still pending an appeal.
from www.usatoday.com – A Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleader was indicted Thursday for allegedly having sex with a student when she was a teacher at suburban Dixie Heights high.
A grand jury in Kenton County, Ky., indicted Sarah Jones of first-degree sexual abuse, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. She was also indicted on a charge of unlawful use of electronic devices to solicit illegal activity.
In, addition, her mother Cheryl Jones was indicted on a charge of tampering with physical evidence. Cheryl Jones is the principal at Twenhofel Middle School in Independence.
Earlier this decade, lawmakers strengthened Kentucky’s sex abuse laws to make it a felony for a person in authority to have even consensual sexual relations with someone under 18. In all other instances in Kentucky, the age of consent is considered to be 16.
Jones, who couldn’t immediately be reached for comment, resigned Nov. 30 from the Edgewood High where she taught freshman English. She was 26 years old. Jones cited “personal reasons” in a one-sentence resignation letter.
Jones gained national attention in 2009 when she sued online gossip site TheDirty.com and its operator, Nik Richie, after unflattering pictures of her appeared with allegations that she’d had sex with Bengals players and had two sexually transmitted diseases. The photos and comments had been provided anonymously.
Her case is being watched closely by First Amendment and technology experts after U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman ruled that TheDirty.com and Richie were not shielded from liability. The decision, issued in January, was seen as a departure from numerous other rulings protecting website operators who display defamatory third-party content.
TheDirty.com has appealed to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, and Jones has gone on TV shows from “20/20” to “Anderson Cooper 360” talking about the embarrassment and public scrutiny she faced after the online postings.
Jones claimed the school district had to block the website because so many students were viewing the site on school computers. She said her work email was flooded with crude messages from people who had seen the posts. The high school principal at the time even reviewed security camera footage after one post on the website alleged Jones was having sex in her classroom, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported in August 2010.