Cheerleader Sarah Jones pleads not guilty to sex with student

Former teacher accused of sex abuse

WRITTEN BY: Danielle Adams
Cheerleader Sarah Jones accused of sex abuse
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Cheerleader Sarah Jones accused of sex abuse

Cheerleader Sarah Jones is maintaining her innocence in the sexual abuse case involving one of her former students.

One-time captain of the Ben-Gals cheerleading squad and former teacher Sarah Jones was indicted last week on claims that she had sex with a 16-year-old high school football player four or five times and exchanged text messages with the student. She faces charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited acts.

Sarah Jones resigned from her job as an English teacher at Kentucky's Dixie Heights High in November. Her mother, Cheryl Jones, who is the principal at a nearby middle school, was also indicted for tampering with evidence. Both pled not guilty. The trial date for both women is set for June 27.

Judge Patricia Summe ordered Sarah and Cheryl Jones to avoid contact with the alleged victim and to disable text messaging on their phones.

In December, attorney Eric Deters said that nothing happened between Sarah Jones and the high school football player. “The student denies it. The parents of the student are upset that this has gone where it has. They don’t have anything bad to say about Sarah. Sarah denies it. There’s no victim. There’s nobody saying, ‘Hey, this happened.’”

According to MSNBC, Deters is currently suspended for ethics violations but will return to the case when his suspension is lifted on April 24.

Cheerleader Sarah Jones has made national news before. In 2009 she sued founder Nik Richie for posting a picture of Jones that claimed she had contracted an STD and was having sex with Bengals players. Jones said that the accusations were completely unfounded and had ruined her life.