Text messages between Sarah Jones and her high school student will be allowed in trial
A judge ruled Tuesday that text messages sent between former Ben-Gals cheerleader and teacher Sarah Jones and the 17-year old student she is accused of having sex with will be allowed in at trial.
Defense counsel Eric Deters had filed a motion to suppress the text messages asserting that the issuing magistrate for the warrant, Kenton District Judge Kenneth Easterling, did not have probable cause to issue the warrant and also knew the alleged victim.
Kenton County Circuit Court Judge Patricia Summe noted in her decision Tuesday that she found Judge Easterling’s testimony that he did not know the teenage boy prior to signing the search warrant to be more credible than the boy’s testimony that he knew the judge.
The text messages are likely central to the prosecution’s case because they may be the only direct evidence of a sexual relationship between Jones and the teenage boy. The alleged victim and his family have supported Jones throughout the investigation and have refused to testify, leaving the text messages as potentially the only voice outside of hearsay and school yard rumor.
In one text message released to the public, Jones allegedly tell the alleged victim to “deny everything.”
Jones was indicted on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities. Her trial is set to begin October 10.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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