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Teacher of the Year gets 38 years: Student's mother lashes out after sentencing

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A Teacher of the Year gets 38 years in prison after having a highly inappropriate relationship with a 12-year-old student. Ethel Anderson was sentenced to 38 years after the judge determined she was a parent's worst nightmare for her actions against their young son, who is now 14.

HLNtv reports Dec. 12 that Anderson groveled for mercy from Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe during the sentencing.

“I’m not a sexual predator. I don’t present a threat to our society. I’m a mother. I’m not a monster,” Ethel Anderson said.

“You Mrs. Anderson, are a parent’s worse nightmare,” Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe said.

After it was announced that the former Teacher of the Year got 38 years, the victim's mother lashed out at her. She was disturbed that the teacher stole her son's "innocence."

The student's mother wrote a note that read:

"It tears me up to know that his first sexual experiences in life were with you Ethel Anderson a predato. There were many times during this trial I wish I could have gotten up from my seat to scream, yell or slap you. I feel like I could tear you apart with my bare hands, but those that know me know that I would never do that."

More than 230 explicit text messages were exchanged between Anderson and the 12-year-old boy. The teacher referred to the communication as "sexual therapy." She admitted in court that the texting was inappropriate, but that the boy was "going through puberty" and "it was all fantasy." She further blamed the boy's relationship with his family, claiming his parents were unable to "connect" with him.

The Teacher of the Year gets 38 years for her sick conduct. Hopefully this will get the attention of other teachers who would ever entertain the idea of having a sexual relationship with one of their students.

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