Sarah Jones, a onetime Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader captain accused of sex with a teenager, tells ABC News it angers her to be called the "female Sandusky."
Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State University, has been convicted of multiple counts of molesting underage boys over many years.
Jones, in contrast, was a high school teacher in Kenton Country, Ky., where she is accused of sexually "abusing" a student, the Examiner said. The former captain of the Bengals cheerleading squad also is accused of unlawfully using electronic means to engage a minor in sexual misconduct.
Jones was 26 and teaching at Dixie Heights School when she was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student, who was not identified. Her mother Cheryl Jones, a principal in the same district, is accused of tampering with evidence to protect her. Both mother and daughter pleaded not guilty, the Examiner reported.
"I read on a blog that I was the female Sandusky. To read those things and not be able to comment, not be able to stick up for myself is not fair," said Sarah Jones in an exclusive interview with ABC News.
"People don't know the real me. There's blogs and postings out there that I have slept with numerous people. I married my high school sweetheart," said Jones. "I just asked the general public to maybe hold their judgment a little bit longer until the truth comes out."
On Monday prosecutors requested a gag order on Jones so she would stop talking, the Examiner reported.
Her lawyer, Eric Deters, filed a motion meanwhile to dismiss all charges against her due to insufficient evidence.
"The commonwealth does not have a single witness that there was any sex," the motion states. "There is not a single sealed text message that would reflect there was sex in any state, much less Kentucky. There is no confession. There is no admission. There is only speculative conjecture."
"They have no evidence that sexual relations of any type took place in any of the 50 United States of America," Deters told ABC affiliate WCPO.
After the motions are reviewed a decision is expected from the judge in the coming days, the Examiner noted.
During an interview with FOX19 Jones and her lawyer, Deters, said they would answer some questions, but FOX19 essentially got shot down when they proposed a question to Jones.
When FOX19 asked if Jones had any relationship with the boy, Deters interjected, "Just so you know, I've already told her, I'm not stupid, the first question these news people are going to ask is that question and I can't blame them but you can't answer it."
Then news station then asked "why" and Deters responded, "Because it's part of our trial strategy. We don't have to airmail what our strategy is and it would destroy that and that's why we can't answer that question."
The most that FOX19 was able to get out of Jones was that the accusations stemmed from girls at the high school.
"The biggest challenge of teaching high school is rumors," she said. "That's what this is. This whole thing has gotten completely out of control.
"At the end of the day, everyone will know the truth," she said.
[Click here to see the video of Jones' interview where she refuses to answer virtually all of FOX19's questions]
Maria Vultaggio is a reporter for the Continuous News Desk (CND), where she covers trending topics and breaking news. She joined IBTimes in June 2012. Continue Reading
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