Sarah Jones Pleads Guilty To Reduced Charge Of Sexual Misconduct
Though she previously denied the charges of sleeping with one of her underage students while she was an English teacher at a Kentucky high school, former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones, 27, pleaded guilty on Monday morning to a reduced sexual misconduct charge.
Jones, who was indicted in April for allegedly having sexual relations with one of her 17-year-old male students, also pleaded guilty to a custodial interference charge, part of her plea agreement with prosecutors, reports the Washington Post.
Jones' mother, too, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, as she once reportedly sent a text to the victim instructing him to dispose of his phone, which contained sexual messages from Jones.
Jones, the former captain of the "Ben Gals" cheerleading squad, admitted to having sex with the boy when he was underage, sending him sexually explicit phone calls, and lying about the relationship to authorities, reports the L. A. Times.
Jones pleaded guilty to avoid jail time. She was sentenced to five years of probation, and will not have to register as a sex offender.
"We feel that it is a just and it is a fair result," prosecutor Sara Farmer, who had a weaker case due to the victim and his family standing behind Jones, said. "It's certainly difficult when a victim and his family don't cooperate by not providing information, but it makes our case a lot harder when they're actually proactive for a defendant, and in this case, the family was more than supportive of Jones."
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