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Sarah Jones interrogation video

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.

Sarah Jones on Dateline Friday

sarah jones modeling shot

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

Sarah Jones speaks out: UPDATE

Sarah Jones

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!

Welcome visitors from around the world!

Site views from around the world

The Sarah Jones story really has gone global, as it’s attracted visitors here from around the world, as you can see on my stats image, above.  Yesterday saw visitors from Malaysia, Egypt and Taiwan!  Kudos to wcpo.com for leading the coverage on this, especially Kendall Herold.  You can see the full story on their website, including video of Ms. Jones and the victim leaving the courtroom hand-in-hand.  As her attorney, Eric Deters, says on the video, there is nothing wrong with her having a relationship with the boy at this time. 

But wait, isn’t the age of consent 16 in Kentucky?  Wasn’t the “victim” 17 at the time of the offense?  That’s correct, except that Kentucky, like many other states, has a statute prohibiting sexual contact between minors and persons in a position of trust.  So, 16-year-old girl dates a 30-year-old… no problem.  But if a 17-year-old boy has contact with his cheerleader-teacher, she commits First Degree Sexual Abuse.  But for some prosecutorial discretion, she would be a felon, face prison time, and be branded a sex offender for the next decade or two (25 years in Florida).  Kudos to Ms. Farmer and the Commonwealth for having the good sense to resolve this case equitably.  Unfortunately, legislators around the country pass these harsh laws but many times prosecutors aren’t willing to be as reasonable as Mr. Farmer.  Obviously, it’s important to protect children from abuse of persons in positions of trust, but the dangerous sexual predators should be handled differently than consensual situations between near-adults.

Sarah Jones, former Ben-Gal Cheerleader

The wcpo.com reports states that Ms. Jones will comment further on her relationship with the “victim” at some future date.  I will keep an eye out for that and post any updates on this blog as they become available.  Until then, I will have to find another story that gives me an excuse to run pretty cheerleader photos.  She had to give up her teaching career due to her own bad choices, and isn’t going to try to go back to the Ben-Gals.  Deters reports that she has been working in his office as a legal assistant, and that she’s considering law school.  Crimcourts wishes her the best of luck in her future endeavors.  It’s good that a lapse in judgment, while immediately devastating, won’t prevent her from moving on and having a happy, productive life.  Good work by Eric Deters and the Commonwealth attorneys for working this out reasonably. #sarahjones

Sarah Jones plea deal accepted by judge

Sarah Jones

former Ben-Gal Sarah Jones

According to WCPO’s Kendall Herold, the plea deal has gone through.  Ms. Jones left the courthouse holding hands with the victim.  As part of the deal, Ms. Jones admitted to the improper, sexual relationship with the student.  She will not have to register as a sex offender, and will not serve jail time.  That’s the update from Ms. Herold from the courthouse, I’m sure wcpo.com will have the full story up shortly.  Follow @kendallherold on Twitter. #sarahjones

UPDATE: Details are up on wcpo.com.  She got two five years of probation.  It appears she pled to custodial interference and something related to the sexual misconduct charge (UPDATE: misdemeanor sexual misconduct).  As I expected, there was a reduction to misdemeanors, and no sex-offender designation to entice her to enter the plea.  Her mother also pled to a misdemeanor reduction.  It souns like a pretty fair resolution, as the victim and his family were not seeking the prosecution, and going through a trial would have been stressful for everyone involved.

Sarah Jones set for court this morning: UPDATE

former Ben-Gal captain, sarah jones

Sarah Jones

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.

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

Sarah Jones in court today: Update

Sarah Jones is in court today, trying to suppress the text messages the prosecutors want to introduce against her.  The testimony has been compelling: first, her attorney challenged the judge who signed the warrant.  Deters put Judge Easterling on the stand and questioned him.  That was followed by the case agent, the detective, who testified that nearly 40 false statements were included in the case against Jones and her mother.

No word yet on the result of the hearing.

Update: According to WCPO, the Judge will issue an order on the suppression motion in the next few weeks.  That doesn’t indicate much, just the the judge reserved ruling, meaning she’s going to think about it and probably put out a written order with her ruling.

Sarah Jones court update

Sarah Jones, former Ben-Gal

Just in from the Enquirer: the judge has declined to throw out the charges in the case.  No shocker there, criminal cases are only appropriate for dismissal if no case can be made at all.  The judge isn’t weighing the evidence here- she’s just saying there is some evidence, so the State can go forward.  Jones’ attorney Eric Deters promises some excitement for the upcoming suppression hearing; he’s trying to get the text messages thrown out, saying they were illegally obtained without a warrant.  That hearing is set for next month.  The trial is set for October.

Additionally, and to the benefit of this blog and media outlets, the judge declined to issue a gag order.  That’s a victory for the First Amendment and followers of the case.  The judge also declined to impose sanctions on the prosecutors, whom Deters alleged violated a court order by revealing some of the content of the text messages.  The status quo rules.  The catch here is that the content of the text messages will be at issue at trial, and we may get to hear more about it, then.

Sarah Jones prosecution against the wishes of alleged victim’s family

Great article from WCPO’s Kendall Herold, following up with the Sarah Jones story.  The more I hear, the more this sounds like a witch hunt.  Recall that Sarah Jones, the former captain of the Bengals cheerleading squad, has been accused of improper relations with one of the students at the high school where she taught.  She resigned that job last November, and charges were ultimately filed in March, so this has been going on some time.

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones when she was a Ben-Gal

Not only do the victim and his family dispute the allegations, more harm has been done to this kid’s life through the disruption of the investigation.  This whole thing started from rumors and text message allegations, probably from the kid’s ex-girlfriend.   Now we hear stories about the kid’s friends being pulled out of their classes to be interrogated, on top of the prosecutor’s in court statements this past week, and it’s no wonder the parents are writing the judge to complain. 

Also, no word yet on the request for a gag order on the case.