(EDGEWOOD, Ky.) — A former high school English teacher who moonlighted as a Cincinnati Ben-Gal cheerleader will accept a plea deal on charges she had sex with an underage student.
Sarah Jones, 26, will head to court on Monday to accept the deal and be sentenced, her lawyer, Eric Deters, told ABC News’ Cincinatti affiliate WCPO-TV. No specifics of the deal were given.
Jones was indicted in March on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited acts. Police say the charges stem from an investigation that began in November at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Ky.
Jones, a former freshman English teacher at the high school and cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals, stepped down from her position at the school in November after the investigation began, citing “personal reasons.”
In July, Jones appeared on Good Morning America, to address the allegations.
“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,” she said. “I just asked the general public to maybe hold their judgment a little bit longer until the truth comes out.”
A federal charge was also handed down against Jones’ mother, Cheryl Jones, for allegedly tampering with physical evidence in her daughter’s case. The elder Jones is also expected to take a plea deal, WCPO-TV reported.
“The hardest thing has been having not only me go through it, but to have my mom go through it with me,” Jones told GMA. “It’s almost kind of a guilty feeling that she is even involved in this because what has happened to her is not fair. My goal is for her charges to be dismissed.”
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