The captain of the Cincinnati Bengals cheerleading squad, Sarah Jones, 26, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges related to accusations that she had sex with a student while teaching at Dixie Heights High School in Kenton County, Kentucky. If convicted, both felony charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic devices for illegal activities are punishable by as many as five years in prison. Her mother, Cheryl Jones, was also indicted on one count of tampering with evidence in relation to this case.
"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 of his client's case in December. "There's no victim. There's nobody saying 'Hey, this happened.'"