I guess when there’s preliminary clouds of smoke, fire soon follows. Or Kentucky women who parade around in bikinis in public aren’t as wholesome as you previously thought.
Update CBS News:
The Chicago Sun Times reports the 26-year-old Jones, the captain of the Ben-Gals cheerleading squad, pleaded not guilty in Kenton Circuit Court to first-degree sexual abuse. She also pleaded not guilty to unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities.
Meanwhile, Jones’ mother was also indicted. Cheryl Jones faces a single charge of tampering with evidence. Cheryl Jones is the principal at Twenhofel Middle School and was placed on paid administrative leave, according to Dixie Heights Superintendent Terri Cox-Cruey.
In October 2009, Bengals players called her saying they saw a posting on TheDirty.com claiming she had been seen around town with a Cincinnati Bengals player and had sex with the entire Bengals football team.
Jones eventually won $11 million in a libel lawsuit stemming from that situation, and publicly confronted the website owner Nik Richie who published those lies. Jones and Richie later came face to face on “Anderson.”
But as we learned tonight, that doesn’t mean she’s clean.
Jones resigned from her school-teaching job Nov 30th. In Decemebr, the local NBC affiliate reports that she initially resigned from Dixie Heights High School “after allegations that she had an inappropriate relationship with a student.”
The Kentucky Attorney General assigned a special prosecutor to the case, and now she’s been indicted on felony charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited acts, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
From Larry Brown Sports:
Jones’ mother, who is a middle school principal, was indicted on charges of tampering with physical evidence in her daughter’s case. The lawyer for the Joneses says his clients maintain their innocence and will plead not guilty.
“Sarah denies it completely and apparently the quote, un quote ‘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,” Eric Deters, Jones’ attorney at the time, said in December.
Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan told The Associated Press the club is aware of the case and had no comment. Each charge she faces is punishable by up to five years in prison.
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