Bengals cheerleader, Sarah Jones, pleads 'not guilty' to charges of having sex with a student (pictures)

While Jones awaits trial in June, this case will undoubtedly raise the question of consent in relation to sex crimes. Presuming that Jones did have a sexual relationship with a student, should she be put in prison and forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life even if both the alleged victim and the victim's parents do not believe a crime occurred?

The only thing that makes Jones' case different from the hundreds of student-teacher sex scandals that occur each year is that she is an attractive woman who has photos of herself in skimpy outfits all over the Internet. While this factor will bring national attention and ridicule to Jones, after the case is settled, the attention will also lead to offers for reality shows, skimpy magazine shoots, and invariably an offer to do porn from Vivid's Steven Hirsh. Whether Jones accepts any of these deals, these financial prospects are probably more promising than the reality the majority of accused sex offenders face when looking for work after being caught up in a student-teacher sex scandal.

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Bengals Cheerleader, Sarah Jones
  • Bengals Cheerleader, Sarah Jones

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.'"

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