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Ex-NFL cheerleader avoids jail

Oct. 8, 2012 at 2:15 PM

COVINGTON, Ky., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A former teacher and NFL cheerleader from Kentucky walked out of court hand-in-hand with the student with whom she was accused of having sex, her lawyer said.

Sarah Jones, 26, was sentenced to a two-year conditional discharge and will not have to register as a sex offender after prosecutors said she had a sexual relationship with a student, 17, and tried to cover it up, WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, reported.

Kenton County Judge Patricia Summe Monday accepted Jones' guilty plea to sex abuse, but told the woman she must avoid any further legal trouble and agree give up her teaching career.

The student and his family supported Jones and her mother, who had a related charge of tampering with evidence dropped.

Jones was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals cheerleading squad, the Ben-Gals. She lost her job as an English teacher at Dixie Heights High School in northern Kentucky.

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