Ohio teacher pleads guilty to having sex with student
Legal panel weighs in on the case
- Duration 5:32
- Date Oct 8, 2012
Legal panel weighs in on the case
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Kelly -- back in session on the docket today the case of the cheerleader turned teacher who made a national appeal for vindication.
Only to wind up pleading guilty.
Sarah Jones once the Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader who gave up for prompt -- for a job in the classroom.
Today in court admitted to having sex with a seventeen year old student while she -- high school.
English was the subject.
The guilty plea allows the 27 year old to avoid jail time a judge sentencing her to five years of diversion.
Not that kind requiring her to report to a probation officer undergo -- drug tests and never to apply for teaching job again.
Her admission comes just a few days before her trial was set to start and sounds -- different from the claims she made on national television.
People don't know the real me I just ask the general public -- Maybe hold their judgment a little bit longer and tell the truth does come out this is -- gotten very out of control and it was started by a high school girls and at the end of the day everyone wanted to -- And so we do.
And now at least we'll she's a Fox News legal analyst and mark -- -- -- a former prosecutor and defense attorney.
So -- so much for the vindication in being -- instead she decided to go it OK I did it.
Well yeah eyes she went along with that one I'm not gonna defend her on -- -- she lied to police he lied to all of us.
And I kind of wish she would do time just for that but as the -- I think this is a very positive thing that she pled guilty.
The alleged victim and a family alleged victim was on board with her.
They were supporting her all the way through they came to court every time to support her -- -- prosecutors have put that teenager on the stand.
In spite of the steamy emails.
He -- said we never had sex we just flirted back -- -- -- was -- appropriate but we never had sex and that kind of led to a not guilty of.
That's a big -- -- the defense says.
We pleaded guilty because the steamy texts and emails were bad the front right as we did it because the the victim and his family.
-- on her side -- -- sometimes make and sometimes a -- the family are on the the the defendants' side and you still have -- don't dump the case just because of that and I want to say it wasn't up.
What really but well come on five years of the seventeen year old who's now eighteen to seventeen at the time she this woman is 27 years old as a tenured different.
If it had been reversed if we were talking about a man doing this to a female student.
Come on mark dear god is speaking of OK so they -- now we're -- to but the mother of Sarah Jones the cheerleader the teacher that the defendant and listen to the mother earlier in the case.
I know why I had to go through this.
Mentally Ferrer couldn't have done it by herself and she -- -- support.
And by that she apparently meant.
She could have tampered with the evidently sick like.
That's where a lot of you can you can which Tennessee called up the the victim.
As you know what the problem wanna get rid of your phone why do you get rid of your phone because -- all the text messages that's evidence that's tampering with evidence and it's a -- thing that would really help us out a lot of the united during the and it does get rid of the evidence -- -- here's.
Here's what the press.
-- was up against it in addition to the -- that the victim and his mother being on the side of that that cheerleading you know.
Teacher and a the Ben gal -- eat read and heard jury members are at risk in these kinds of cases of saying look at her.
There's a ten year age difference she's 27 the -- seventeen she's beautiful.
You know what's so wrong with.
-- -- That the lesson it is illegal to let me just say the realities are.
The only thing that I know for sure having tried -- 130 jury trials as you never know the outcome at least you would concede -- saying you never military could get that stick around and they can ignore the law and if there ever gonna ignore and potentially jury -- the case it's going to be something like so we're just fine without double standard nevermind that a woman -- -- -- well and get away with that she's -- -- -- but you're missing the -- -- -- -- -- the prosecutors.
To guarantee a conviction they got conviction -- you -- -- detail -- After she'd lied about it -- to what happened to her and her Stephen earlier this year at least that.
She has only had sex with one man her ex husband -- sweetheart -- adding and that's how he stands in -- admits that she had sex with -- -- -- -- this Canada writes so is it too harsh to take away hurts her ability to teach forever now that she's admitted will what they did admit to these out.
I can't make it -- a man is -- -- -- similar situation.
You wouldn't think twice you wouldn't ask that question of course you would never allow him to teach young girls and do the same thing again mark what I have -- -- she can never teach again.
I had no problem that I'm not defending her right to be in the classroom but it does say -- -- I find abhorrent the fact that she targeted a teenager but.
But I find almost equally as worst probably even worse.
Is that she -- did it right I think about it so every future employer.
He's away from kids will know this is a -- go look everybody in the -- -- law enforcement and the public and -- is like usual in a criminal defendant.
Mean yeah they literally I don't live that they're not trying to start that they do I hit shark goes I'm thirty jury draws -- -- really -- -- -- -- -- you have to.
-- how does not blown away.
-- thank you think that.