MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (CBS NEWS) - Elizabeth Leigh Garner, a former Tennessee Titans
cheerleader, was arrested after she was accused of sexually assaulting a
12-year-old boy, CBS affiliate WTVF reports.
42-year-old Garner, who was a member of the Titans cheerleading squad
four years ago, was indicted on charges of sexual battery and
solicitation last week.
Police in Murfreesboro, Tenn. say Garner
was visiting a friend's home when she followed a 12-year-old boy into
the bathroom, fondled him, and then tried to seduce him, the station
According to the police report, Garner told detectives
that she was drunk that evening and she got the boy confused with a man
that was also at the residence.
"That's just absolutely no
excuse for sexually assaulting a child. If you can't tell the difference
between a 12-year-old and an adult then there are problems," Kyle
Evans, of the Murfreesboro Police Dept., said.
Garner gained a
measure of fame during her time as a Titans cheerleading in 2008 because
of her age. She was featured on blogs and newspapers as a 38-year-old
who made a team made of up mostly 20-somethings, the station says.
WTVF spoke to Garner and her husband in an off-camera interview and she said she is innocent of the charges.
Garner was released on a $30,000 bond. If convicted, she could be sentenced to more than eight years in jail.
Last year, a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader was charged with having a sexual relationship with an underage student: