By Nate Davis/USA TODAY Sports
(USA TODAY) - Sarah Jones didn't prey on multiple children nor was she instrumental in tearing down an entire football program.
And though the former high school teacher and Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student last year, she hardly believes that's reason to lump her in with the scandal at Penn State.
"I read on a blog that I was the female (Jerry) Sandusky. To read those things and not be able to comment, not be able to stick up for myself is not fair," Jones, 27, told ABC News.
"People don't know the real me. There's blogs and postings out there that I have slept with numerous people. I married my high school sweetheart. I just asked the general public to maybe hold their judgment a little bit longer until the truth comes out."
Prosecutors in Covington, Ky., asked for a gag order Monday to curtail pretrial publicity, per The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Jones, who has previously defended herself on her lawyer's radio show, is slated to go on trial in October amid charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor, felonies that are each punishable by up to five years in prison.
Jones' mother, a now-retired middle school principal, is charged with evidence tampering pertaining to the case.
Lawyers are seeking dismissal of all charges against the Joneses.
"I think people are taking this whole student-teacher thing (too far). ...Yes, he was a student, but he was not my student," said Jones, who has received support from her alleged victim's family. "He was a family friend, and I am very close to his parents. Had it not been for their support it would be very difficult to get through this without them."