Former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones, has pleaded not guilty after being charged with first-degree sexual abuse involving a student she used to teach at Dixie Heights High School.
The 26-year-old was accused of having a sexual relationship with a senior at the high school. When sex abuse allegations started to surface last November, the former cheerleader quit her job.
Jones has pleaded innocent to charges of sex abuse as well as unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or prohibited activities, CBS News Reported.
Jones' mother Cheryl Jones was also indicted with charges of tampering with evidence. She works as the principal of Twenhofel Middle School and has been placed on leave following the incident.
Each of the charges is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Judge Patricia Summer of the Kenton Circuit Court reduced Sarah and Cheryl Jones' bonds to $15,000 each. They will be placed on electronic monitoring as term of their release, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
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, attorney Eric Deters said in December, CBS reported. There's no victim. There's nobody saying 'Hey, this happened.'
Prosecutors are convinced there is enough evidence in the case and computers and phones have been ceased in order to carry out further investigations. The commonwealth feels we have sufficient evidence to go forward, as did a grand jury, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney CQSara Farmer of Jefferson County told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The pretrial date is set for June 11, with the full trial on June. 27.
Here is a look at 5 other cheerleading scandals:
Courtney Simpson, Arizona State: Simpson joined the cheerleading squad of ASU in 2004 on a full scholarship. By January the cheerleader had joined the pornography industry and appeared in an adult film wearing her ASU cheerleading uniform. She went on to appear in over 250 porn films in under two years, according to faniq.com
Carolina Panthers: Angela Ellen Keathley and Renee Thomas of the Carolina Panthers were caught in the bathroom of a nightclub having sex. They were later dropped from the team, fan.iq reported.
Caitlin Davis, New England Patriots: When Davis posted pictures on her Facebook page holding a marker over her drunk friend who had swastikas and penises drawn on her, she was given the boot from the New England Patriots.
Arizona State: Six cheerleaders from ASU were dismissed from their cheerleading squad after pictures of the team in their underwear leaked out.
Indiana Cheerleader: A cheerleader from Indiana posed in some raunchy and nude photographs while she was still in the squad in 2008. When the photos were distributed online the cheerleader was fired from her post.