Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Former Teacher Gets 38 Years for Having Sex With Student ("This court does not recognize gender")
The Lakeland Ledger ^ | Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | Peter Jamison

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at theledger.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: ethel
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-65 next last

1 posted on 12/11/2013 6:24:41 AM PST by Sam's Army
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

Ethel?

Guilty. Just based on having a grandma name.

~shudder~


2 posted on 12/11/2013 6:27:24 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

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.


3 posted on 12/11/2013 6:27:41 AM PST by Bigg Red (He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.--Is 40)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

GUILTY


4 posted on 12/11/2013 6:28:21 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

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....


5 posted on 12/11/2013 6:29:35 AM PST by apillar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

6 posted on 12/11/2013 6:30:07 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

She got spanked....and probably liked it.


7 posted on 12/11/2013 6:30:26 AM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bigg Red

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.


8 posted on 12/11/2013 6:30:40 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

Guilty. Off with her head.

9 posted on 12/11/2013 6:30:55 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army
I know of a whole lotta teachers, guidance counselors, cops, and juevenile officers who would be serving thousands of years if this were the 70's.

I wonder what they think?

10 posted on 12/11/2013 6:30:59 AM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bmwcyle

From the looks of her, i would think she would have been charged with attempted cannibalism.


11 posted on 12/11/2013 6:31:17 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

OMG, My eyes, my eyes where is the ice pick at!!!


12 posted on 12/11/2013 6:31:31 AM PST by Arkansas Tider (Army EOD)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MrB

OK, so she was NAMED after her grandma. Still yuck.


13 posted on 12/11/2013 6:31:44 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: MrB

If she dropped 100 lbs, she might actually be not guilty.


14 posted on 12/11/2013 6:31:52 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

“Call me Ethel...”


15 posted on 12/11/2013 6:32:28 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

“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


16 posted on 12/11/2013 6:33:08 AM PST by szweig (HYHEY!! (Have You Had Enough Yet))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: apillar

She probably would have gotten less time for killing him.


17 posted on 12/11/2013 6:33:15 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

I never realized how many female pedophiles there are until these reports started coming out.


18 posted on 12/11/2013 6:34:38 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MrB

“And I yelled ‘DON’T LOOK ETHEL!’, but it was too late, she’d already gotten a free shot.”


19 posted on 12/11/2013 6:35:34 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army
Extended coverage from The Tampa Bay Times seeks to remind us that the perpetrator is actually a "victim" as well:

"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"

http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/former-hillsborough-teacher-sentenced-to-38-years-for-sex-with-student/2156270

20 posted on 12/11/2013 6:35:51 AM PST by Sam's Army
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Joe 6-pack

Is there a female mantis law?


21 posted on 12/11/2013 6:35:54 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

Chet Tharpe is a HARD ASS JUDGE! He’s one of the most ruthless judges in Florida and has a reputation to back it up. He has a tendency to completely dress down the people in his court room, and he’s feared by criminals around the Bay area.

Keep an eye on Chet Tharpe. If he ever runs for office, you can bet your bottom dollar he’ll be a Republican contender.


22 posted on 12/11/2013 6:38:09 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bigg Red

Nobody should argue with a woman named Bigg Red!

I’m as guilty of the “not guilty” thing as anybody. That said, I find the idea of the victim being 12 WAY out of the realm of being funny, at all. But 38 years? Just damn.


23 posted on 12/11/2013 6:40:04 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

At least one Judge in this country still has his head screwed-on straight.


24 posted on 12/11/2013 6:40:46 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

OK, I don’t condone this behavior from the teacher, but 38 years? Some murderers don’t get 38 year sentences. She will get her sentence overturned because it’s excessive.


25 posted on 12/11/2013 6:41:24 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army
The Femanazis aren't going to like this, and boy would we have fun if it was a 12 year old girl!
26 posted on 12/11/2013 6:41:30 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bigg Red

You only beat the pervert brigade by one post.


27 posted on 12/11/2013 6:41:52 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

“”It’s always the same: ‘When is my mommy coming home?’ “

Well, Gramps has an answer for that question now...

38 years.


28 posted on 12/11/2013 6:42:03 AM PST by moovova
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
LOL, I was thinking of this one,,

We met last night making love by the refrigerator light
Ethyl Ethyl let me squeeze you in my arms

29 posted on 12/11/2013 6:42:37 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
Ethel?

I thought they banned her in the eighties?

30 posted on 12/11/2013 6:42:56 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: szweig

Oh look. Another pervert.


31 posted on 12/11/2013 6:43:18 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

Did the kid’s grades improve? /S


32 posted on 12/11/2013 6:55:20 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

In all fairness, some research needs to be done to discover some facts about what appears to be recent phenomena of teachers molesting their students.

1) Since such molestation is known to have existed even in ancient times, a baseline needs to be established of what is the “typical” amount of molestation that happens.

2) This will also help to establish if there is more happening now than used to happen in times where it was handled administratively rather than criminally.

3) The hard part will be the development of a psychological profile of a teacher who molests. While it is unlikely that a profile will be clear enough so that such potential teachers are not hired, if a given teacher is showing a greater than average possibility, then steps can be taken to mitigate the possibility. Such as a student interaction “surety” program, in which there are always two teachers present for student interaction outside of normal class time.


33 posted on 12/11/2013 6:58:45 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Last Obamacare Promise: "If You Like Your Eternal Soul, You Can Keep It.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

Her parents were chemists.

Her sisters are Methyl and Propyl.


34 posted on 12/11/2013 6:59:54 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: szweig

“If I were the defense attorney, I’d put the boy on the stand and ask one question: Have you ever masturbated to the memory of having sex with your female teacher?” - Adam Carolla


35 posted on 12/11/2013 7:00:18 AM PST by Wolfie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Arkansas Tider
OMG, My eyes, my eyes

A little dose of NOT GUILTY should cure that...

The most notorious of them, Debra Lafave, managed to avoid incarceration completely


36 posted on 12/11/2013 7:00:25 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Lee'sGhost

Nobody should argue with a woman named Bigg Red!

***
Tell that to the husband!

Yeah, 38 years does seem awfully long. I don’t know exactly how these legal maneuverings work, but I am betting she does not serve more than 2 years.


37 posted on 12/11/2013 7:01:01 AM PST by Bigg Red (He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.--Is 40)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj

Damn, if my Little Elvis saw that, he’d not only shrivel up, he’d crawl right back into my body!


38 posted on 12/11/2013 7:01:10 AM PST by steelhead_trout (MYOB)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj

39 posted on 12/11/2013 7:04:16 AM PST by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
I understand where you're attempting to go with your comments, and can agree with some of them, but I humbly submit that you must, MUST find a more elegant phrase than "molestation baseline." That dog don't hunt. Period.
40 posted on 12/11/2013 7:06:31 AM PST by ken5050 (I still miss Howlin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj
If she dropped 100 lbs, she might actually be not guilty.

Does this dress make me look guilty?

41 posted on 12/11/2013 7:07:42 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

This be be overturned on appeal, too excessive.

The race baiters will be pointing out how pretty young white teachers get off with probation...yadda yadda..

Had the Judge given her 10 years it might hold up, 38? No way!


42 posted on 12/11/2013 7:08:26 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are Affirmative Action for Slackers! .)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ken5050

Grope Zero?


43 posted on 12/11/2013 7:09:30 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: Bigg Red
Let me get on here before the juvenile guys who say the kid was lucky.

It will be very difficult for this 12 year old to interact normally with women as an adult.

He will not seem to be "hurt" or "damaged" by this until he is 50 years old, and alone, and has never had a successful or meaningful relationship.

44 posted on 12/11/2013 7:09:59 AM PST by wideawake
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Bigg Red
I'm confused by the huge disparity in sentences for what are basically the same offenses. OTOH..a long sentence like this just might have the effect of keeping others from offending in the future.

As one who believes in redemption, I think that these teachers should be given the opportunity for a second chance while in prison...let them teach GED classes, and maybe they can earn some time off their sentences based upon how many they successfully get to complete the program.

45 posted on 12/11/2013 7:11:09 AM PST by ken5050 (I still miss Howlin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: Sam's Army

Her sentence seems harsh, but then I remember the victim was only a 12 year old child. She’s a predator. Throw away the key.


46 posted on 12/11/2013 7:11:14 AM PST by old and tired
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lee'sGhost
I hear you. I thirst for justice like most people here, but mercy has to be a component of justice. At least, that is what our forefathers thought (because they came from judicial ruthlessness). 38 years is for some of the worst of our society, and as bad as the victim being 12 years old, this does nothing to address the eroticism that is being jammed down our throats at every turn. Miley Cyrus' antics didn't happen over night; it's been a gradual slide that is picking up speed and degree of declination.

Love the 1st Amendment, but President Washington acknowledged that only a moral and religious citizenry were able to self-govern.

47 posted on 12/11/2013 7:11:46 AM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj

48 posted on 12/11/2013 7:14:06 AM PST by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: ken5050

It becomes more acceptable as just a historic account, which is very difficult for obvious reasons. I agree that the expression is pretty horrific, but then again, so is the entire subject.

Such baselines, for other crimes, are common, such in the FBIs annual crime report. We know that there are going to be murders, and rapes, and arson in the upcoming year. So, too, molestation by teachers, as a subset of all molestations.

So what does a “molestation baseline” mean? It means that right now there are some teachers molesting students, and nobody but the teacher and the students know. And it means that some of that molestation will be unmasked. It also means that some teachers who will eventually molest, have not done so, but are still teaching because there is not yet an effective screen to prevent them from doing so.


49 posted on 12/11/2013 7:15:07 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Last Obamacare Promise: "If You Like Your Eternal Soul, You Can Keep It.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: ElkGroveDan

Still waiting to hear she’s decapitated in a car accident...seems to be de rigeur for blonde Satanists.


50 posted on 12/11/2013 7:15:09 AM PST by Anton.Rutter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-65 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson