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Ms. Jones pleaded guilty in October to having sex with the teen under an agreement that let her avoid jail time. The two are still together.

Ms. Jones resigned from Dixie Heights High School and from the Bengals cheer squad in late 2011 after four years in both jobs. Mr. Deters said at the time that Ms. Jones had done nothing wrong but stepped down because of rumors about her relationship with the teen.

Testimony in the defamation trial is expected to wrap up Thursday and will include footage of Mr. Richie from an appearance on the “Dr. Phil” show. The jury could reach a verdict as early as the afternoon.

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