Former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones Monday pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy and tampering with the physical evidence in the case.
Jones's estranged husband is seeking to annul their nine-month marriage after his wife cheated on him with a student.
Now, Sarah Jones is being compared to Debra LaFave, a school teacher who was also accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy.
Jones's and LaFave's cases are very similar, latter's ex-husband Owen LaFave told HLN host Nancy Grace.
Both were English teachers at a middle school when the sex scandal happened and both have the support of the victim's family.
Owen LaFave is the producer of After School documentary, which shows the relationship between a student and a teacher. He appeared on various talk shows and spoke about how his ex-wife damaged their marriage.
Every time I hear these stories, I do think of the parallels. It is so similar to my ex wife's case, Daily Mail quoted Owen as saying.
The boy's family are in support of her and if he won't testify, and it's not looking like he is going to, she is not going to jail and the prosecution have a big problem on their hands.
The boy is the victim in all of this so I can't see them putting him in jail if he refuses to testify. I'm not condoning it. (Jones) needs to go to jail, he added.
On Wednesday, Jones's ex-husband Nathan Wilburn said that he was seeking an annulment from his wife.
Supporting Wilburn's decision, Owen said, 'I'm sure that man is crushed. I can think of the heart break and embarrassment of it all.
Debbie put up a disgusting facade, her personality changed drastically, she was acting differently, dressing differently, she had different desires in life. There was a big change in her and it will be interesting to see if there are similar changes in Jones, he added.
Jones had been a Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader for five years. She had also been a ninth grade English at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Kentucky, but resigned from the school Nov. 30.
The charges against Jones state that she had a sexual relationship with a minor at the school between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31.
LaFave, now using her maiden name Beasley, was also accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy while she was a teacher at Angelo L. Greco Middle School in Temple Terrace, Florida. She was ordered to stay away from children.
In 2005, she pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse and oral sex with the student on four different occasions.
LaFave served no jail term, but was sentenced to serve three years of Community Control (house arrest) and seven years of probation. She was also forced to register as a sex offender.
On Monday when Jones appeared in the court, the victim's family sat beside her to their support.
Charles Lester Jr, Jones attorney, told the Enquirer: The families are friends and Sarah has maintained her innocence.
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