Skip to comments.Former Teacher Gets 38 Years for Having Sex With Student ("This court does not recognize gender")
Posted on 12/11/2013 6:24:41 AM PST by Sam's Army
Calling her "a parent's worst nightmare," a judge sentenced former Hillsborough County schoolteacher Ethel Anderson to 38 years in prison Monday for performing oral sex and other lewd acts on a 12-year-old boy she tutored on weekends.
Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe's severe punishment of Anderson seemed designed to send a message in a county that has attracted disproportionate attention for sex scandals involving female educators. The most notorious of them, Debra Lafave, managed to avoid incarceration completely after pleading guilty to sex with a 14-year-old boy.
"There are those that believe that nothing's wrong if the defendant is a woman and the victim is a male," Tharpe said Monday. "This court does not recognize gender. If it's proven, as an adult, that you had sex with a child, you can expect to go to prison."
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Guilty. Just based on having a grandma name.
Let me get on here before the juvenile guys who say the kid was lucky. As a woman who raised four boys, I would like to slap this horrid animal for stealing this boy’s childhood.
The pretty ones only get 1 year or 2 at most...she got 38 years...and if you look at her picture on the link, indeed she earned 38 years....
She got spanked....and probably liked it.
As a father of two boys who live in the same county I am glad she’s going away for a long time.
Its probably better for her daughter as well.
Guilty. Off with her head.
I wonder what they think?
From the looks of her, i would think she would have been charged with attempted cannibalism.
OMG, My eyes, my eyes where is the ice pick at!!!
OK, so she was NAMED after her grandma. Still yuck.
If she dropped 100 lbs, she might actually be not guilty.
“Call me Ethel...”
“I love the idiots who complain about the double standard and say we should punish these female teachers the same as we would male teachers. If the male gym coach has sex with a fifteen-year old girl, she will be mentally and emotionally scarred for life. The only damage to a fifteen-year old boy who nails the music teacher after class is carpal tunnel from getting high-fived by his buddies.” - Adam Carolla
She probably would have gotten less time for killing him.
I never realized how many female pedophiles there are until these reports started coming out.
“And I yelled ‘DON’T LOOK ETHEL!’, but it was too late, she’d already gotten a free shot.”
"Anderson was suspended without pay from her job at Mango Elementary School after her arrest in March 2012, according to Hillsborough school officials. She resigned later that year. Before her career foundered in scandal, she had been a rising star, earning a teaching award in 2011.
Anderson had gotten to know her victim as his first-grade teacher. The sex acts between the two took place at her Riverview home during tutoring sessions.
Anderson appearing without makeup and in a baggy prisoner's jumpsuit, a stark contrast to her sharply tailored appearance at trial wept as she asked Tharpe to think about her own promising past and her daughter's future before imposing his sentence.
"I keep telling myself this is not my life," she said. "I'm a mother, I'm not a monster. There must be something in me that shows I'm worthy of mercy."
Anderson's father, Jesse Harris, said his granddaughter asks about her mom every day when he picks her up from school. "It's always the same: 'When is my mommy coming home?' " A psychologist who had treated Anderson before her arrest said she had bipolar disorder. But Tharpe was unswayed by these appeals"