Bengals cheerleader indicted on two sexual abuse charges

Sarah Jones had been a freshman English teacher at Dixie Heights High School. (US Presswire)
A Bengals cheerleader was indicted Thursday on two charges of sexual abuse after she allegedly had a sexual relationship with a high school student at the school where she teaches.

As the Cincinnati Enquirer reports, Ben-Gals team captain Sarah Jones has been charged with first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited acts.

Jones was a teacher at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Ky., where she resigned Nov. 30 after Kenton County police began an investigation. The 26-year-old Jones had been a freshman English teacher for the past five years.

Her mother, Cheryl Jones -- a principal at Twenhofel Middle School in Independence, Ky., -- also was indicted on a charge of tampering with physical evidence relating to Sarah Jones' case.

"Sarah has maintained her innocence," said the Jones' lawyer, Charles T. Lester, Jr., who said both women will plead not guilty. "The indictment of her mother is completely baseless."

All charges are punishable for up to five years in prison.

The case has been whispered about since the end of last year when Sarah Jones resigned and her then-attorney, Eric Deters, said on his radio show, "Sarah denies it completely and apparently the quote, unquote 'victim' denies it and is not cooperating ... and his parents are upset Sarah is having to go through this which is not usually the case in these situations."

This isn't Sarah Jones' only battle with the law. As the Enquirer writes, "Sarah 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."

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