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Sarah Jones Case: Bengals Cheerleader Pleads Not Guilty To Sex With Student

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/ 2/2012 2:32 pm Updated: 04/ 3/2012 9:58 am

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Sarah Jones appeared in court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to having sex with a former high school student of hers.

The captain of the Cincinnati Bengals cheerleading squad -- the Ben-Gals -- pleaded not guilty today to charges of having sex with a student while she was a high school teacher.

Sarah Jones, 26, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a senior at Dixie Heights High School in Kentucky, where she taught until she resigned last November, according to MSNBC.

The details of the accusations are unclear, but Jones was indicted last week on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic devices. Her mother, Cheryl Jones, was also indicted on accusations that she tampered with physical evidence in her daughter's case.

Sarah Jones abruptly quit her teaching job on Nov. 30, citing "personal reasons," WLWT reported. Dixie Heights Superintendent Terri Cox-Cruey said that the resignation came at the same time as the first police probe.

"The day the police openly investigated, that was the same day she submitted her resignation," Cox-Cruey told the station, adding that she was surprised to hear about the allegations.

"No parents or students ever approached me in all the years she worked for the district with any concern," she said.

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  • Sarah Jones Sex Scandal

    Sarah Jones, 26, has pleaded not guilty to charges of having a sexual relationship with a senior at Dixie Heights High School in Kentucky, where Jones was a teacher until last November. Jones is captain of the Cincinnati Bengals cheerleading squad, the Ben-Gals. (US Presswire)

  • Sarah Jones Sex Scandal

    Sarah Jones, 26, is the captain of the Cincinnati Bengals cheerleading squad. On April 2, 2012, she pleaded not guilty to having sexual relations with a student of Dixie Heights High School, Kentucky, where Jones used to be a teacher. (US Presswire)

  • Sarah Jones Sex Scandal

    Sarah Jones, 26, a former teacher at Dixie Heights High School in Kentucky, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student. Jones was indicted in March 2012 on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic devices. (US Presswire)

  • Sarah Jones Sex Scandal

    Sarah Jones (R) and her mother, Cheryl Jones, sit in Kenton Circuit Court on April 2, 2012. (AP Images)

  • Sarah Jones Sex Scandal

    Sarah Jones, 26, appeared in court on April 2 and pleaded not guilty to having sexual relations with a former student. (AP Images)

  • Sarah Jones Sex Scandal

    Sarah Jones leaves Kenton Circuit Court on April 2, 2012. (AP Images)

  • Sarah Jones Sex Scandal

    In a Monday, July 30, 2012 photo, Sarah Jones, former Dixie Heights High School teacher and Cincinnati Ben-Gal cheerleader, arrives at the Kenton County Justice Center, in Covington, Ky., for a motion hearing on charges of first degree sexual abuse for allegedly having sexual contact with a student when she was a teacher. Her mother, Cheryl Jones, is charged with tampering with evidence. (AP Photo/The Enquirer, Patrick Reddy) NO SALES

  • Sarah Jones Sex Scandal

    In a Monday, July 30, 2012 photo, Sarah Jones, former Dixie Heights High School teacher and Cincinnati Ben-Gal cheerleader, goes through security after arriving at the Kenton County Justice Center, in Covington, Ky., for a motion hearing on charges of first degree sexual abuse for allegedly having sexual contact with a student when she was a teacher. Her mother, Cheryl Jones, is charged with tampering with evidence. (AP Photo/The Enquirer, Patrick Reddy) NO SALES

  • Sarah Jones Sex Scandal

    In a Monday, July 30, 2012 photo, Sarah Jones, left, former Dixie Heights High School teacher and Cincinnati Ben-Gal cheerleader, and her mother, Cheryl Jones leave Kenton Circuit Court after a motion hearing on charges against Sarah of first degree sexual abuse for allegedly having sexual contact with a student when she was a teacher. Cheryl Jones is charged with tampering with evidence in the case. (AP Photo/The Enquirer, Patrick Reddy) NO SALES

Gannett reported that the police investigation was, for the most part, kept secret from the school district.

Sarah and Cheryl Jones held hands as they pleaded not guilty in court today. The victim's family was in court to support Jones and deny that the abuse happened, according to MSNBC.

"The student denies it. The parents of the student are upset that this has gone where it has gone. They don't have anything bad to say about Sarah. Sarah denies it," said attorney Eric Deters in December. "There's no victim. There's nobody saying, 'Hey, this happened.'"

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