Former Bengals Cheerleader Named “Female Sandusky”
A former CincinattI Bengals cheerleader is accused of sexually abusing a student and using electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual activities. The media is giving Sarah Jones a hefty title.
“I read on a blog that I was the female [Jerry] Sandusky,” Jones told ABC News. “To read those things and not be able to comment, not be able to stick up for myself is not fair.”
She denies 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,” said Jones. “I just asked the general public to maybe hold their judgment a little bit longer until the truth comes out.”
The former 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 also accused of tampering with evidence in connection with her daughter’s case. Jones resigned from her position in November 2011. Both mother and daughter pleaded not guilty in April at their arraignment. Jones wishes her mother wasn’t involved and hopes that the charges against her are dismissed.
Prosecutors say that Jones allegedly sent a text to the victim saying “deny everything.” along with racy messages. Prosecution also asked a judge for a gag order Monday to stop Jones from talking to the press after she went on her lawyer’s radio show earlier this month discussing 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 station WCPO.
As for being called the female Sandusky, Jones thinks the press is taking it too far. “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.”