Posted on | December 10, 2013 | 47 Comments
Ethel Anderson, 31, was once voted “Teacher of the Year” in Riverside, Florida. You might have thought that when prosecutors offered her a 15-year-sentence, the former language arts teacher at Mango Elementary would have known it was the best she could hope for:
A female teacher found guilty of having sex with a 12-year-old student has been sentenced to 38 years in prison . . .
Judge Chet Tharpe told Anderson in court that she manipulated the boy’s parents into believing he was safe and groomed the child for sex.
Anderson was charged with nine counts of molesting a student after it was discovered that she was having sex with a boy who was 12-years-old at the time. . . .
Anderson had denied the charges but her victim, now 14, took the stand in September to testify that the alleged abuse started four or five weeks into their tutoring sessions when she would kiss him and perform oral sex on him in her home.
He told the court: ‘I felt like she was a girlfriend, I loved her and she said that I was her boyfriend and she loved me.
‘She would rub on my legs, kiss on my ears, neck and stuff like that… We would tongue kiss.’ . . .
[T]he boy’s mother showed no signs of forgiveness.
‘Anger and hatred don’t even begin to explain how I feel about what you took from my son,’ the boy’s mother said in a statement read at the sentencing by prosecutors.
‘His innocence is lost forever.’
Thirty-eight years. Could have been just 15 years, if she had taken the plea deal, but the “Teacher of the Year” just wasn’t very smart.