Sarah Jones — the ex-teacher, ex-Bengals cheerleader, and wannabe law student, who prepared for her job working with high schoolers by watching Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher” video — had to postpone a $11-million defamation lawsuit filed in 2009 against gossip site The Dirty to face criminal charges for allegedly having sex with a teenage student in her English class.
She pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to just five years of probation for making a high school student’s dream of sleeping with his NFL cheerleader teacher come true. She doesn’t even have to register as a sex offender for carrying on a romantic relationship with the then-17-year-old student, which consisted of sex and “voluminous phone calls and [explicit] text messages.” And she left the courtroom with her now 18-year-old “victim,” whose lack of cooperation with the investigation led to her light punishment.
Now that the criminal case is out of the way, her civil case is back on like Donkey Kong. If Donkey Kong were an ephebophile….
The same day Jones pleaded guilty to sexual abuse while in a position of authority and the unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor, Jones notified a Kentucky civil court that she was prepared to pursue her 2009 lawsuit against TheDirty.com for publishing a post, titled “The Dirty Bengals Cheerleader,” in which a Dirty.com commenter alleged that Jones had slept with all the members of the Bengals team and had STDs. Site proprietor Nik Richie quipped on the post, “Why are all high school teachers freaks in the sack?” Jones alleges defamation, libel, and invasion of privacy, saying that students at her school had seen the post and commented on it, and that it had ruined her reputation. (But also, perhaps, made her seem more approachable to at least one student.)
Jones “won” the suit previously when her lawyer accidentally sued the wrong site. This time they would actually like to collect their $11 million dollars. So what’s her plan to prove that The Dirty is responsible for ruining her reputation (rather than this little criminal matter)?