Cheerleader and Mother Sarah Jones Plea ‘Not Guilty’

Bengals cheerleader and former school teacher Sarah Jones enters a not guilty plea. The 26-year-old was indicted last week on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic devices for illegal activities.

The Bengals cheerleader and her mother were in court Monday in connection with allegations that she had sex with a student.

The indictment alleges that Jones had a sexual relationship with a senior at Dixie Heights High School, where she was a teacher until she resigned last November.

Her mother was also indicted. Cheryl Jones faces a single charge of tampering with evidence. Cheryl Jones is the principal at Twenhofel Middle School and was placed on paid administrative leave, according to Dixie Heights Superintendent Terri Cox-Cruey.

The two held hands as they approached the defense table ahead of their hearing Monday. They pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutor Sarah Farmer asked that Sarah Jones have no contact with the victim’s family, but Attorney Charles Lester Jr. told Judge Patricia Summe, “The alleged victim’s family is here supporting these defendants today.”

Summe lowered the bond to $15,000 for each woman. Both women will wear electronic monitoring bracelets as a condition of their release.

Jones will have to attend a pre-trial date on June 11, with the trial scheduled for June 27.

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