Former Ben-Gal cheerleader Sarah Jones' defamation trial rescheduled

COVINGTON, Ky. - The defamation trial involving a former Cincinnati Ben-Gal cheerleader has been pushed back by several months.

Sarah Jones' defamation suit against TheDirty.com was scheduled to start Monday morning in front of United States District Judge William Bertelsman.

9 News has learned Judge Bertelsman rescheduled the trial for mid-November.

TheDirty.com's attorney, David Gingras, tells 9 News he asked the Judge for more time in the civil case. Gingras says he needs additional time to investigate the allegations in the criminal case against Jones.

"We believe they have a direct impact on Ms. Jones's defamation claims," said Gingras.

Jones' defamation suit against TheDirty.com claims the website wrote and published lies about her.

The website said she had sex with Bengals players while working as a cheerleader for the team, and had sexually transmitted diseases. The website also accused the former Dixie Heights High School teacher of having sex with a man in her classroom.

Jones is currently facing criminal charges for her alleged sexual relationship with a student while working as an English teacher at Dixie.

Jones attorney, Charles Lester, has previously said the sex abuse case is irrelevant to the defamation case.

Gingras disagrees.

"Both cases involve allegations that Ms. Jones was involved in sexual misconduct, among other things," said Gingras.

Gingras says he's also investigating the facts of the criminal case against Jones.

"When a person's reputation has been harmed by allegations of misconduct which are proven to be true, that person cannot sue for defamation. As such, if Ms. Jones is convicted in the criminal case then my position is that her civil case against my clients is over," he said.

Jones' mother, Cheryl Jones, is also facing charges of tampering with evidence in the abuse sex case. She was put on administrative leave from her job as Principal of Twenhofel Middle School.

The mother and daughter have claimed their innocence in the sex abuse case.

The sex abuse trial is scheduled to start June 27 in Judge Patricia Summe's courtroom at the Kenton County Justice Center.

Judge Bertelsman has scheduled a pretrial conference in the defamation case for September 14. The jury trial is scheduled to start on November 13 at the United States Courthouse in Covington.

Stay with 9 News and WCPO.com for more information on this story.

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