November 28, 2012

A former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader charged with having sex with an underage student accepted a plea deal with prosecutors in Kentucky to avoid jail time. Sarah Jones allegedly began a sexual relationship with a student while she was working as a freshman English teacher at Dixie Heights High School in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

She was facing charges of sex abuse of the first degree and sexual misconduct and custodial interference for alleged sexual contact she had with a student. Jones, who stepped down from her job at the high school in November citing “personal reasons,” pled guilty to the sexual misconduct and custodial interference charge. Prosecutors agreed to the plea deal because the boy’s family did not cooperate, according to the report. The Jones family and the victim’s family had previously stated that they had been friends for a while. The trial was set to begin this week, and after the plea deal, Jones left the courtroom hand-in-hand with the 18-year-old with whom she was alleged to have had a sexual relationship.

Jones will not have to register as a sex offender and received a two-year suspended jail sentence in which she can avoid any jail time if she stays out of trouble for the next five years. Jones’ mother, Cheryl, also pled guilty to a charge of attempted tampering with physical evidence and received a one-year suspended sentence if she avoids trouble for two years.

In California, the Penal Code section 261.5 defines statutory rape as the unlawful sexual intercourse as an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person who is a minor. A statutory rape conviction does not require a person to register as a sex offender as required under California Penal Code Section 290. Some other related sex offenses, however, do require mandatory sex offender registration under California Penal Code Section 290.

If you or a loved one has recently been charged with unlawful sex with a minor or statutory rape, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you fight the charges. At Wallin and Klarich, our defense attorneys have successfully represented many clients charged with sex crimes. Call us at (877) 466-5245. We will be there when you call.

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