Sarah Jones to enter plea

former Ben-Gal Sarah Jones

Reports out of Cincinnati indicate that Sarah Jones and her mother have both reached plea agreements in their cases, and are set for court to enter a plea on Monday.  WCPO reports that her attorney, Eric Deters, has confirmed a plea agreement has been reached, but I haven’t been able to glean any details.  I expect that the charges will be reduced in some way- to a non-sex offense for Ms. Jones, for her to be willing to take a plea offer.  Since the victim has apparently denied the alleged sexual relationship, I would not be surprised if the plea was to a mere misdemeanor and some probation, with a similar reduction for her mother’s case.

Judge Patricia Summe recently ruled that the text messages that the Defense sought to suppress would be admissible at trial.  I agree with Mike Allen who commented for Fox, and said that these text messages alone would not win the case for the Commonwealth.  However, not only are they quite embarrassing, they may have offered a suggestion of corroborating the allegations.  Jones purportedly told the student to ‘deny everything’, which is not an admission but it gives the appearance of a guilty conscience.  I will post updates on Crimcourts as they become available. #sarahjones

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