Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader and former teacher Sarah Jones has unlikely support in her battle against charges that she had sex with a student -- the student's family.
The Daily Mail reports that the family showed up at a court hearing Monday in Kentucky and sat with Jones's family.
"The families are friends," Jones's attorney, Charles Lester, Jr. told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The judge had previously prohibited Jones from having any contact with the alleged victim or his family.
The Enquirer also reports that Jones's husband is seeking an annulment of their marriage. The couple was married last July 16, but court papers say she moved out on August 24.
The indictment claims the alleged relationship with the student took place between October 1 and December 31.
Jones is charged with sex abuse and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities. Each felony charge carries up to five years in prison.
Jones's mother is charged with tampering with evidence in her daughter's case. She is a principal at a school in Jones's former district.
Both pleaded not guilty.
"Sarah has maintained her innocence. The indictment of her mother is completely baseless," Lester said.