Anthony Anderson, a former assistant high school football coach for Jackson Central-Merry Academy of Medical Technology, had dreams of coaching football in his future, according to his Indeed.com resume.
Anderson said in his resume that he loved coaching and wanted to be a great coach to his players.
“I am a hard working young man who is very determined in life, I have faced many hard task in life and overcome all of them just because I will never give up on something I love to do and that's to coach football,” wrote Anderson. “I plan on becoming a great defensive coach one day, because I (have) been around great coaches that I looked up too, and (they have made) me into the man I am today.”
Anderson attained his degree in physical education by attending Northwest Community College and Lambuth University (now the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus) between 2006 and 2010, according to his resume. During those years, he played football for Northwest under head coach Randy Pippin and then played for Lambuth under head coach Hugh Freezes.
Anderson later wrote on his resume, “I have also been a student of the game since my senior year in high school, and been going to coaching clinics since my junior year in college when I knew I would pursue my dream someday.”
In August 2011, Anderson’s dream of coaching football came true when he first became a volunteer coach at Jackson Central-Merry and then was hired as a paid non-faculty assistant coach.
Then things started falling apart in April of this year.
Anderson, who was 25 at the time, was arraigned in Jackson City Court on April 5 on a charge of solicitation of a minor (a 15-year-old girl) and his bond was set at $40,000.
Police said they began their investigation on April 2 when Anderson initiated contact with an online profile. During the communication, which was over cell phone text messages and the Internet, Anderson asked who he thought was a 15-year-old girl to send him nude photos and meet him for sex. He was actually talking with an undercover Jackson police investigator assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Anderson was arrested around 4 p.m. on April 4.
Investigators seized Anderson's computer from his Jackson apartment the evening of April 4 to search for additional evidence, police said.
Anderson was released on a $40,000 bond on April 6.
Police said later that day, they received a call from a mother who told officers that her 17-year-old daughter had sexual contact with Anderson. Investigators learned that the incident happened in March and that Anderson and the girl met on a social networking site. During their conversation, Anderson identified himself as a coach at Jackson Central- Merry, where the 17-year-old girl attended school.
Anderson and the girl later exchanged sexually explicit photographs, police said. He also went to the girl's Jackson home and they had sexual contact. Anderson was aware of the girl's age prior to the exchange of photos or the sex act.
At the time of his arrests, Anderson was a paid non-faculty assistant football coach, which means he was a coach only and not a teacher, at Jackson Central-Merry. He was suspended without pay.
Both cases were sent to the Madison County grand jury and Anderson was indicted on July 1.
On Monday, Anderson, now 26, of Jackson, admitted he was guilty of several sex crimes during his appearance in Madison County Circuit Court, according to a Monday afternoon news release from the Jackson Police Department.
Anderson pleaded guilty to statutory rape by an authority figure, two counts of solicitation of a minor, three counts of exploitation of a minor by electronic means and solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor from incidents that occurred in March.
Police said Anderson also pleaded guilty to two counts solicitation of a minor for incidents that occurred in March.
Anderson was sentenced to eight years in prison and will remain at the Madison County Jail until he is transferred to the Tennessee Department of Correction. When he is released, he must register as a sex offender, police said.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s website, sex offenders are registered by local law enforcement or the Board of Probation/Parole. TBI is responsible for the Sex Offender Registry website and for maintaining the original registration documents.
According to Tennessee Code Annotated 40-39-211 (also known as Part 2 of the “Tennessee Sexual Offender and Violent Sexual Offender Registration, Verification and Tracking Act of 2004”), once Anderson is released, he cannot live within a 1,000 feet of the property line of his victims’ residences or come within 100 feet of his victims. He also cannot contact them unless the victims and their parents give consent.
Anderson also will not be allowed to be on or remain on the grounds or buildings of any public or private school, day-care center, public park, playground, recreation center or public athletic field available for use by the public when children under 18 are present.