The ex-NFL cheerleader and ex-teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with her year-old student is suing a gossip website for allegedly ruining her reputation. Jurors are deadlocked in the lawsuit , according to WLWT, but will continue their attempt to reach a verdict on Friday. The lawsuit stems from two posts made on The Dirty in One post included a photo of Jones next to the Cincinnati Bengals team captain, with a caption stating Jones had slept with every member of the team. A second post, headlined "The Dirty Bengals Cheerleader" had a photo of Jones in a bikini, with a caption stating that she had contracted chlamydia and gonorrhea from an ex who, the site claimed, had cheated on her with more than 50 women. When the posts were made, Jones had not yet made national headlines for having an affair with her seventeen-year-old student, but The Dirty operator, Hooman Karamian--who goes by the name of Nik Ritchie--argues that, as a cheerleader for an NFL team, she was nevertheless a public figure. In defamation cases, public figures have a higher burden of proof than average citizens would have. Karamian's attorney, Alex Ward, told the court that Jones having sex with every single one of the Bengals was obviously an exaggeration.
Bengals cheerleader gets engaged to the teen she was convicted of having underage sex with
This tiger is no longer on the prowl. Former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader and high school teacher Sarah Jones is engaged to Cody York, the student she got busted for bedding while he was underage. The couple took the next step while vacationing with Jones' family in Florida on Thursday, according to Jones' Facebook page. Jones secured her probation office's permission to leave Kenton County, Ky. The northern Kentucky woman admitted to sleeping with York when he was a year-old senior at Dixie Heights High School, where she was a teacher. She pleaded guilty last October to felony custodial interference and misdemeanor sexual misconduct for having sex with a student and agreed to never teach or coach children again. Jones is suing Scottsdale, Ariz. She denies both allegations.
Before Andy Dalton and A. Green arrived in Cincinnati by way of the NFL Draft, the Bengals had a reputation for having issues off the field thanks to players like Cedric Benson and Jerome Simpson having run-ins with the law. In fact, the Bengals have had more players arrested than any other NFL team since
Jones said the relationship began in February when the boy was 17, saying that the two had sex, that she sent him sexually explicit text messages and lied about the relationship to police. The teen had been in Jones' freshman English class in , and she was his peer tutor in and before he graduated at the age of 17 this year, according to Monday's plea agreement, signed by Jones. In accepting the plea agreement, Judge Patricia Summe granted prosecutors' recommendation to sentence Jones to five years of diversion but no jail time, and she won't have to register as a sex offender. The diversion requires Jones to report to a probation officer and undergo drug tests. Prosecutors said they were willing to make the deal because the teen, now 18, and his family were uncooperative with them and on Jones' side. They were proactive for them.