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Sarah Jones, ex-Bengal cheerleader, pleads guilty in student sex case

10:50 AM, Oct 8, 2012   |    comments
Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones has been indicted after allegedly having sex with a student when she was a high school teacher. (From Cincinnati Enquirer)
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Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY

A former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader acknowledged to a Kentucky court Monday that she had a sexual relationship with one of her high school students, but will not have to serve jail time nor register as a sex offender under a plea deal, WCPO-TV reports.

Sarah Jones, 27, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse, a misdemeanor, after prosecutors dropped felony charge of first-degree sexual misconduct, 9 News reports.

During the hearing, the former English teacher at Dixie Heights High School in Covington admitted to having a romantic relationship with a 17-year-old student, which included a "sexual relationship and sexual intercourse," WCPO reports.

A second felony charge of unlawful use of electronic means -- texting -- to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities, was dropped in favor of a misdemeanor charge of custodial interference.

WCPO-TV reports that Jones will serve a total of five years probation. She would have faced a five-year prison term on the original charges.

Her mother, Cheryl Jones, also accepted a deal in which she pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence, her attorney Eric Deters tells 9 News.

Cheryl Jones acknowledged in court that she advised the teen victim to "get rid of the phone" on which incriminating texts had allegedly been sent.

Sarah Jones still has a pending civil lawsuit against the gossip website after it posted comments about her sexual behavior in 2009, The Enquirer reports.

In a 2010 interview with The Enquirer, Jones, who had defended herself against allegations in the website, said she used the post as a "teachable moment" after her students started looking it up on the Internet and asking questions.

"It was then I decided I had nothing to hide," she told The Enquirer. "There is nothing I need to back down from."


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