COVINGTON, Ky. - Text messages that were at the center of a motion for contempt request defense attorney Eric Deters filed against special prosecutor Sara Farmer are back in the spotlight.
The text messages were between Sarah Jones, a former Ben-Gal cheerleader and teacher, and a student she is accused of having sex with while she worked at Dixie Heights High School in Northern Kentucky.
Deters said Farmer released the text messages even though they were supposed to be sealed. According to Farmer, Jones, 27, sent the alleged victim a text message that read: "Deny everything."
Deters asked the court to suppress the text messages or dismiss all charges because, according to him, the news reports would taint the jury pool and hurt his defense.
During a hearing on Monday Deters said the content of the sealed text messages were once again released when Assistant Commonwealth Attorney John Balliet described them as "steamy."
According to Deters, it was once again "blatant and intentional violation of the sealed text messages." Because of Balliet's "steamy" description, Deters plans to file a motion of contempt against him as well.
In addition to the motion, Deters included a letter from the alleged victim's parents who have maintained that throughout the entire case their son was no victim and all charges should be dropped.
Jones resigned from her teaching position in November.
A Kenton County grand jury indicted Jones in March of first degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities.
Her mother, Cheryl, who was the principal at Twenhofel Middle School in Independence, was indicted for tampering with evidence.
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