TAMPA - Former teacher Ethel Anderson was found guilty of molestation after she was accused of having sex with a 12-year-old 5th grade student.
Prosecutors grilled her for nearly two hours, and she admitted to using "sexual therapy" to try to help the boy who she describes as a troubled student.
"You knew he was under the age of 16 at the time you had this sexual therapy with him," Rita Peters, Prosecutor, "Yes," Ethel Anderson said.
For the first time, jurors heard from Anderson Tuesday night after they listened to explicit details of an alleged sexual relationship with the young boy.
While she admits to sending sexual text messages, Anderson says she never actually had sex or any sort of sexual contact with the young boy, she only wanted to help him become a better student.
"My concern for him was that he was going through puberty and only focused on things that 12-year-old boys think about, being of a sexual nature, and at the time with him struggling in school, and having behavioral issues, and anger issues, and acting out at home, and not being able to connect with his family, that was my purpose. To gain his attention. And, yes, I did it in an inappropriate way, but that was my goal," Anderson said.
Anderson says the sexual texts were "fantasy," but the discussions she had with the boy about his grades, God, and Christianity were all real.
"Part of fantasy, sexual therapy for a troubled youth?" Peters asked.
"Correct," Anderson answered.
This coming after jurors heard from the boy, who celebrated his 14th birthday in a courtroom Tuesday.
Jurors heard a recording of the victim's mother while speaking to Anderson. The 14-year-old's mother wore a wire tap.
Anderson confessed to the boy's mother that she did have a sexual relationship with her son.