Former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones plead guilty to having sex with her former 17-year-old student while she was a teacher at a northern Kentucky high school. As a part f her plea deal, she will avoid jail time and will not have to register as a sex offender.

According to ESPN.com:

Jones pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and custodial interference in place of more serious charges as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. “I began a romantic relationship while he was a student and I was in a position of authority,” Jones said, her voice cracking as her family members wiped their own tears.Jones said the relationship began in February 2011 when the boy was 17, saying that the two had sex, that she sent him sexually explicit text messages and lied about the relationship to police.

The prosecutor said the case was difficult because the alleged victim and his family were supporting Jones.

And what about the state of their current relationship? Well, Jones’ defense attorney Eric Deters said the two would discuss it on the “Today” show and “Dateline” on Friday.

WTH?!!!

The media tour they’re now on is disgusting. I don’t know how many other shows they’ll be on, but I won’t be watching. I  do know the notion of the young guy getting the “hot” older woman is a reason to celebrate and give high-fives, but I find it absolutely appalling. Were the roles reversed, he’d likely be considered a pedophile and would be a registered sex offender.

Finally, what happens when he gets older and decides that it’s OK to have a sexual relationship with an underage girl? Will we “high-five” him then? Will we give him a “pass”? The double standard that exists sets the stage for more abuse to occur.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis