Former teacher Ethel Anderson found guilty of molesting student, faces sentencing in November

TAMPA - Ethel Anderson showed no sign of emotion when the verdict was read in court: guilty on nine counts of Lewd and Lascivious Battery.

Anderson, a former teacher, was on trial for sexual abusing a 12-year-old boy who she taught and tutored.

In court, her victim, who is now 14 years old, cried along with his mother as the guilty verdict was handed down.

The three-day trial featured both testimony from the victim and the accused.

The victim told the court how Anderson made sexual advances toward him and even acted on them. He also talked about the thousands of sexually graphic text messages they exchanged.

Anderson would counter when she took the stand ,saying the sex never happened and that she only "sexted" the child to keep him interested in school.

None of the jurors would talk after they were dismissed, but an alternate juror, dismissed prior to the verdict, said he just did not believe Anderson when it came to the text message excuse.

"She wasn't documenting it," Alternate Juror Steven Marshall said. "She didn't go over it with the school, the parent. You just don't do that with a 12-year-old."

Ethel Anderson was led out of the courtroom in cuffs. As victim and his mother walked, the mother said,

"I got is justice for my son."

Ethel Anderson will be back in court to be sentenced November 5.

She is facing a maximum of 135 years in prison,15 years for each of the nine counts.

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