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'Teacher of the Year' gets 38 years: Sex case lands teacher in prison

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"Teacher of the Year" Ethel Anderson was sentenced to 38 years in prison in a sex case out of Tampa, Fla. On Dec. 9, My Fox Tampa Bay reported that Anderson will spend the next 38 years of her life behind bars after having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old boy. Despite pleading with the judge for "mercy," the teacher was given a stiff sentence.

"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 told the judge who was presiding over the case.

The "Teacher of the Year" gets 38 years in prison story has caused controversy across the country -- some people believing that her punishment was actually too steep. But with nine counts of molestation against her, the ruling seems fair to others. Although it appears as though Anderson, 30, was sorry, the judge explained to her that having sex with a minor is a crime and that she would have to be punished for what she did -- sorry or not.

"I am ashamed and embarrassed to be standing in this courtroom and I keep telling myself this is not my life," said Anderson. Her parents have spoken out to the media saying that their daughter's actions have caused them a lot of grief... but they believe that she's truly sorry.

But the "Teacher of the Year" received 38 years as her punishment... what do you think of her sentencing?

Anderson is married and has one child of her own.

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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