Ethel Anderson Update: Former Fla. teacher is convicted in sex with student case, report says

Ethel Anderson, 31-year-old former elementary school teacher in Fla. said the sexually explicit messages she sent to a 12-year-old student were intended to help the boy improve in school.
CBS affiliate WTSP
Ethel Anderson, 31-year-old former elementary school teacher in Fla. has been found guilty of having sex with a 12-year-old student
CBS affiliate WTSP

(CBS) TAMPA, Fla. - A jury has convicted a former teacher at Mango Elementary School near Tampa of having sexual interactions with a 12-year-old student during tutoring sessions, according to CBS affiliate WTSP.

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The jury on Wednesday reportedly found Ethel Anderson, 31, guilty of having sex with an unidentified student in December 2011. Prosecutors said the sexual acts took place at the woman's Riverview home where she lived with her husband and children.

During testimony on Tuesday, the boy, who is now 14, reportedly said the abuse started after four or five weeks into tutoring sessions with the defendant.

He said, "She would rub my legs, kiss me on my ears, neck, and stuff like that."

The boy also said the former teacher touched him and performed oral sex on him. "We would make out and tongue kiss."

Anderson admitted sending over 230 pages of explicit text messages about porn and sexual acts to the young boy. She reportedly said they were just "sexual therapy," and was using them as part of a fantasy to motivate the "troubled student" into improving.

The station reports the former teacher admitted, while on the stand, that she was trying to gain the student's attention in an inappropriate way.

WTSP reports Anderson faces up to 135 years in prison if her sentences run consecutively, and as little as 15 years in they are concurrent.

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