Former teacher and ex-Ben-Gal cheerleader breaks silence on radio show
9:15 PM, Jul 16, 2012
6:54 PM, Jul 17, 2012
CINCINNATI - The former teacher and Ben-Gal cheerleader accused of having sex with a student broke her silence Tuesday morning, defending herself of the accusations.
Four months after she was indicted, Sarah Jones spoke publicly about the sex abuse charge she's facing. She and her mother, Cheryl, appeared on a radio show with their attorney, Eric Deters.
"It's very difficult to be patient, sit back and just read all those things, because I can assure you I read all those things, I research, I read nonstop, and it's difficult to read what the general public views of me, but I think this was my opportunity to kind of come out and give you an outlook of what I've been going through for the past 17 weeks," said Sarah.
Did she have sex with a student?
The former Dixie Heights High School teacher and her attorney wouldn't answer, saying it's part of their 'trial strategy'. Deters said he's filing a motion to dismiss the felony sex abuse charge, claiming there's not enough evidence to support it.
Deters in his motion to dismiss argues that it is impossible for the Commonwealth to prove sex in Kentucky. Therefore, the indictment should be dismissed. Deters argues that the court does not have jurisdiction in the matter because, 'there is not evidence this crime, as alleged, happened in Kentucky.'
A hearing on the motion is scheduled for July, 30 at 9 a.m.
Sarah's mother, Cheryl, is charged with tampering with evidence in the case. Monday, Deters filed a motion to dismiss that charge. The retired middle school principal is also claiming her innocence, saying she's shocked she was ever indicted in the first place.
"As I thought about it, as we were sitting in the Kenton County Jail and we were being processed, I know why I had to go through this: mentally, Sarah couldn't have done it by herself and she needed my support," said Cheryl.
Tuesday, Sarah claimed the allegations she had sex with a 17-year-old student were started by the victim's ex-girlfriend. Sarah says the girl lied to police 26 times.
Court documents claim the alleged relationship happened between October and December of last year.
The alleged victim's family is supporting the Jones'.
"They are family friends of ours, it goes before any of this has even occurred, which is obviously in this case very rare. But it is very helpful to have their support, and to know that they are by my side every step of the way. I did not feel like justice has been done, up to this point. But, the general public makes their own assumptions, and once again that's why I'm okay with the story getting out there," said Sarah.
Sarah retired from her teaching job at Dixie in November. Her mother, Cheryl, retired from the Kenton County School System in June.
A trial is set to begin Oct. 10. Both Sarah and Cheryl say they're planning on testifying in the case.
Sarah is on home incarceration, wears a monitoring device, and has been ordered not to have contact with the victim or his family. She's currently working in Deters' office, and is only allowed to leave her home for work, or Sunday morning church services.
"The damage is very much complete and done, and it's one of those things where I can't make future plans right now. I live day to day, and that's what I have to do. I live sometimes 30 minutes by 30 minutes because I don't know what to expect, I do know I'll be okay in the end," Sarah said.