Sarah Jones, a high school teacher and a one-time captain of the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals cheerleaders (the Ben-Gals, if you will) has been accused of sex abuse.
She and her mother, a middle school principal who allegedly covered up the crime, both entered pleas of not guilty during their arraignment on Monday.
Sarah Jones has been charged with sexual abuse of a student, on top of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual activities.
Jones’ mother, Cheryl, is accused of tampering with evidence in connection with her daughter’s case. Cheryl is currently suspended from her job.
Both Sarah and Cheryl were arrested following a grand jury investigation.
At the courthouse Monday the pair was joined by a dozen supporters, including the family of the alleged victim, according to ABC News affiliate WCPO.
Though the alleged victim’s family supports Sarah Jones, Jefferson County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Sarah Farmer said the case would continue.
“The commonwealth feels we have sufficient proof to go forward,” Farmer said.
At the arraignment, Judge Patricia Summe ordered Sarah and Cheryl Jones to avoid contact with the alleged victim and to disable text messaging.
Forensic evidence for the case, taking place in Kenton County, Ky., was collected by taking Sarah Jones’ computers and phone records.
The trial date for both Sarah and Cheryl Jones was set for June 27.