Jones was indicted by a Kenton County grand jury 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, two felonies that each carry a five-year sentence and could land the Ben-Gals cheerleader in the pine for a long time.
Jones’ mother, Cheryl Jones, who, ironically, is the principal at Twenhofel Middle School, was also indicted by the grand jury for tampering with physical evidence in the case.
Charles T. Lester Jr., the lawyer for both Sarah and Cheryl Jones, released a statement saying that the two women will be pleading not guilty to the charges. “Sarah has maintained her innocence,” the statement read. “The indictment of her mother is completely baseless.”
If your memories are sharp as tacks, you’ll probably realize that this isn’t the first time Sarah Jones has made the headlines for something involving her seemingly insatiable libido. Back in 2009, online gossip site TheDirty.com ran a couple of “anonymous” stories posted by users that pretty much called Jones a slut of the highest order, including one post that mentioned her having sex in the school’s gymnasium, on top of her carrying two sexually transmitted diseases. Jones subsequently sued Dirty World Entertainment Recordings and TheDirty.com’s operator, Nik Richie, for defamation of character.
For their part, the Cincinnati Bengals have taken serious interest on the whole situation. Jack Brennan, Bengals’ spokesman, has said that the Bengals are aware of the situation and are in the fact-finding process to determine what kind of actions to take moving forward. “ At this time, we are guided by our general policy that it’s not appropriate to comment on legal matters yet to be resolved,” he said.
These cases of teachers behaving badly is nothing new in today’s world. And while we’re not quick to accuse Jones of being guilty in this sordid mess, it does put to light – again – the growing number of of-age individuals preying on minors without thinking of the strong repercussions for their actions.