The Huffington Post | By Cavan Sieczkowski
Sarah Jones, a former NFL cheerleader with the Cincinnati Bengals, is speaking out about being called the “female Sandusky.”
The 27-year-old, who also worked as a high school teacher in Kentucky, was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student last year. The case has earned her the nickname the “female [Jerry] Sandusky,” linking her to the former Penn State assistant football coach who was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys.
“To read those things and not be able to comment, not be able to stick up for myself is not fair,” Jones told 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… I just asked the general public to maybe hold their judgment a little bit longer until the truth comes out.”
In April, the former high school teacher and one-time captain of the Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleading squad plead not guilty to charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic devices.
The prosecution alleges the woman sent “steamy” texts to her student and later told him to “deny everything,” according to ABC News.
According to Fox19, Jones’ attorney, Eric Deters, filed a motion to dismiss charges against the former cheerleader stating: “The Commonwealth does not have a single witness that there was any sex. 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.”
Jones continues to maintain her innocence and says the allegations against her have been fueled by gossip.
“The biggest challenge of teaching high school is rumors,” she told Fox19. “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.”
Jones first made headlines when she landed on Nik Richie’s blog, The Dirty, in 2010.
Richie’s website featured postings about Jones from anonymous sources, who alleged the former cheerleader had sex with the entire Bengals team, had STDs, and even engaged in sexual intercourse in her classroom. Jones sued Richie, citing defamation, libel and invasion of privacy, Forbes reported in March.
Jones spoke about her issue with The Dirty during an interview with Anderson Cooper in November of last year, saying, “One day I was this credible teacher that they looked up to and listened to. The next day I was a slut to them. I had a student come in and say I cannot come into my classroom and learn because you had sex in here and you’re a slut.”
Motions to dismiss the case against the former cheerleader were scheduled to be heard on July 30.