Ex-Ben-Gal, former NKY teacher speaks about sex charges on ABC's 'Good Morning America'
Kendall Herold, firstname.lastname@example.org
5:47 AM, Jul 31, 2012
5:20 PM, Jul 31, 2012
COVINGTON, Ky. - The former Northern Kentucky teacher accused of having sex with an underage student went public with her case again.
Sarah Jones appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" Tuesday morning after the former Dixie Heights High School English teacher was indicted by a Kenton County Grand Jury in March of first degree sexual abuse for allegedly sleeping with an underage student.
The ex-Ben-Gal appeared on GMA Tuesday, where she discussed the felony sex abuse charge she's facing.
Sarah told GMA she's lost everything she's worked for because of the allegations.
"To have these allegations and to have to quit the job that I spent four years in college, you know, my heart, soul, ministry, everything into teaching, to give that up, to give up the Cincinnati Ben-Gals that I had been captain of, and had a leadership role with them, is very damaging to one's self worth and the way I felt about myself. And the day that I resigned, I had completely hit rock bottom," Sarah said in the GMA interview.
The Jones' attorney, Eric Deters argued motions to dismiss the charges against Sarah and her mother, Cheryl Jones, on Monday. Cheryl, a retired middle school principal, was indicted of tampering with evidence in the case.
Deters told Judge Patricia Summe the prosecution didn't have any evidence in the case.
Deters and the Jones' have previously said the investigation was started after the alleged victim's ex-girlfriend spoke to the Edgewood Police Department.
"People think that with these rumors, they have a very different perspective of what my sex life would be," Sarah told GMA. "There's blogs and postings out there that I have slept with numerous and numerous people, and you know, I married my high school sweetheart, the only guy that I had ever had any type of relationship with since I was 16, 17 years old. To hear that I've been doing all of these things, it's not fair."
Sarah told GMA she's struggled with the fact her mom could lose all retirement benefits if convicted in the case.
"The hardest thing has been not only me going through it, but me having my mom go through it with me," Sarah said. "It's almost kind of like a guilty feeling. The guilt that I feel that she is even involved in this. And, to have a 35-year career be put on the line, and questioned?"
Sparks flew in the Jones' Kenton County courtroom Monday after a prosecutor called the texts between the ex-teacher and the student she's accused of sleeping with "steamy."
Friday, prosecutors released a text message they say Sarah sent to the male student, which said "deny everything."
The mother and daughter are standing by their not guilty pleas. The alleged victim's family is supporting the pair.
Kenton County Judge Patricia Summe is considering a motion to put a gag order on the Jones' case -- a request made by prosecutors who say the case's publicity could taint a potential jury pool.
Judge Summe is reviewing all motions heard Monday.
Deters tells 9 News Sarah, Cheryl, and the alleged victim will all testify in the case should it go to trial.
Sarah resigned from her teaching position at Dixie in November.