A Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader is now facing prison time after being indicted by a grand jury yesterday for allegedly having sex with a teenage student while teaching at a high school in Ohio.
Jones, the captain of the Bengals’ cheerleading squad, was indicted 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. Each charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, if Jones is convicted.
Cheryl Jones, the cheerleader’s mother, was also indicted on a charge of tampering with physical evidence related to her daughter’s case.
The lawyer representing the two, Charles T. Lester Jr., said both women will plead not guilty.
“Sarah has maintained her innocence. The indictment of her mother is completely baseless,” Lester said in a statement.
Sarah Jones tendered her resignation from Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Ohio last November. She had been an English teacher at the school for five year. She was 26 years old at the time.
The cheerleader made national headlines back in 2009 after after she sued TheDirty.com founder Nik Richie for a picture posted of her claiming that she had sexual intercourse with Bengals players and other posts claiming that she had a sexually transmitted disease.
She claimed those allegations were completely untrue.
In January, U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman found that TheDirty.com was not shielded from liability, a decision that the website has appealed to the sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
While she was initially awarded an $11 million default judgment for defamation, litigation in that case continues.
The case is expected to return to court in June.
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