Former teacher of the year, Ethel Anderson had tears streaming down her face in court Tuesday when she told the judge she was no a sexual predictor.
“I am ashamed and embarrassed to be standing in this courtroom and I keep telling myself this is not my life,” Anderson said.
Married mother Ethel Anderson, 30, from Riverside, told the judge she realizes now her life does have a purpose: to raise her daughter and to be grateful for everything she has.
“I share all this with you judge, in the hope that there is something you see in me, that I’m worthy of mercy,” Anderson said.
Anderson was recently convicted of molesting one of her students. During the trial, the boy testified that she seduced him and the two ended up in a sexual relationship.
At one point, the victim, who was 12 years old at the time, tried to end it because he was tired of lying and hiding it from his mother.
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.’
“I didn’t want to lose my virginity to a teacher,” the boy testified.
When confronted about the 230 pages of racy text messages she said they were just sexual therapy that she was using on the ‘troubled student’ to motivate him.
She told the court: ‘At the time, with him struggling with school and having behavioral issues and anger issues, acting out at home and not being able to connect with his family, the way that he and his parents felt, that was my purpose. To gain his attention and, yes, I did it in an inappropriate way.’
At the sentencing, Anderson’s father Jessie Harris told the judge his daughter’s actions have devastated the entire family, but she is remorseful.
“If it was my choice, I would do her time for her. That’s how much I love my daughter,” Harris said.
The victim’s mother wrote a letter to the judge expressing her pain and anger she feels towards Anderson.
“There were many times during this trial I could have gotten up to scream, yell and slap you and tear you apart with my bare hands,” she wrote.
But the judge had the final say, calling Anderson a parents’ worst nightmare.
He told her, if you have sex with a child, then expect to go to prison. And with that, he sentenced her to 38 years behind bars.
The boy has since transferred schools, reports the Daily Mail.
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Former ‘teacher of the year’ gets 38 YEARS in prison for having sex with a boy, 12, during tutoring sessions in her home