Sarah Jones, a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader, pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old former student while she was a teacher at a northern Kentucky high school.
"I began a romantic relationship while he was a student and I was in a position of authority," Jones, 27, said Monday, her voice cracking during a hearing in Kenton County Circuit Court in Covington, Ky.
Jones pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and custodial interference as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Jones said the relationship began in 2011 and that the two had sex, that she sent him sexually explicit text messages and lied about the relationship to police.
The teen had been in Jones' freshman English class in 2008, and she was his peer tutor in 2010 and 2011.