Former Ben-Gal, Sarah Jones, is going back to court in her defamation suit against thedirty.com. The case went to trial several months ago, and ended in a hung jury. The second trial starts over from scratch, and promises to ratchet up the excitement. Among Ms. Jones’ witnesses are former Bengal kicker Shayne Graham, while thedirty has listed her ex-husband and the detective who investigated her criminal case. Additionally, her attorney Eric Deters is fighting a suspension for unrelated sanctions by the bar. Since he is challenging the suspension, he is still able to practice law and try the case. It’s got everything: sex, pro sports, and betrayal. Jones’ attorney is asking for a judgment large enough to shut down the website, but has the substantial task of proving harm to the reputation of his client, whose reputation has suffered major public setbacks. It should be fun to follow.
Former Cincinnati Ben-Gal Sarah Jones lost her teaching job and was convicted of some criminal misdemeanors for an illicit affair she conducted with one of her former (adult) students. It appears that the story may have a happy ending, as the Enquirer reports that she and the beau are now engaged. Young love! It began with a rocky start, but let’s hope it works out for the couple.
Sarah Jones modelling
wcpo.com was able to get the interrogation video from Sarah’s pre-arrest interview. Nothing shocking if you already saw the Dateline interview, as they played substantial clips, but worth a look if you’ve followed the Sarah Jones story. Be sure to check out our Sarah Jones archive.
Ex Bengal Cheerleader, and high school teacher, Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones is going to speak on national TV, this Friday on Dateline to talk about the case and her relationship with her student. Her young lover will also be speaking with Dateline reporters, as will the prosecutor and one or more of the investigators who worked on the case. Looks like it’s going to get the full Dateline treatment as their primary story, though you can get the whole back story here on Crimcourts, just click on the Sarah Jones category and search back through our archives as we have been on top of the case since starting this blog. You can catch a preview of the show here. #sarahjones #badcheerleader
Former Ben-Gal Cheerleader Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones, the former Ben-Gal who recently plead guilty to an inappropriate sexual relationship with a high-school student, has broken her silence about the case and her relationship. M.L. Nestel at The Daily has the scoop. She has given a brief commentary to The Daily, but she also plans interviews with NBC for “Today” and “Dateline” tomorrow. If you are as fascinated by this train wreck as I am, I’m sure they will be worth checking out.
The Daily Mail also did this in-depth background article, complete with more photos and an interview with Ms. Jones’ ex-husband. Apparently prosecutors allege the affair may have started while she was still married. Ms. Jones continues to pursue the defamation case against The Dirty, which alleged that she had an affair and contracted STD’s from one or more Bengals players. The case was originally filed against the wrong party, and at last report, the new case is still pending against the correct entity that publishes TheDirty.com website. I will try to follow-up when her TV interviews are broadcast.
UPDATE: Apparently there is no Dateline appearance yet, and the Today interview didn’t happen. We shall keep an eye out…
UPDATE 2: She’ll be on Dateline Friday, Details here!
Former Ben-Gal Sarah Jones is set for court at 9:00 this morning. As last report, she is slated to accept a plea deal, but no details have been made available. WCPO.com has gotten confirmation from her attorney, Eric Deters, that she and her mother are prepared to enter plea deals. Deters has not responded to a twitter inquiry. Sadly for Crimcourts, I may run out of excuses to run pictures of the lovely Ms. Jones on the blog. I hope to have updates later today. #sarahjones
UPDATE: The deal does not include jail time, and she will not have to register as a sex offender, per WCPO.COM and reporter Kendall Herold. The judge still has to accept the deal, and apparently isn’t too happy about something.
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