Adding yet another name to the recent string of teachers having inappropriate sexual contact with students, police in Florida have arrested Ethel Anderson for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a pre-teen boy.
Anderson, 29, was arrested and charged with three counts of lewd battery and two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation after the 12-year-old boy’s parents became suspicion of their son’s close relationship with the teacher.
The parents had reportedly hired Anderson, a language arts teacher at Mango Elementary School in Riverview, to privately tutor their son. She would pick the boy up at his home and take him to her place of residence. While at her home, the teacher and student allegedly engaged in sexual acts.
During a Feb. 29 meeting, detectives say they Anderson admitted to performing sex acts on the victim and allowing him to fondle her. She also admitted to sending him text messages about the events.
In 2011, the married teacher was voted Mango Elementary’s diversity educator of the year.
According to the Tampa Bay TimesWhen speaking with investigators, the boy reportedly described his encounters with Anderson and gave a detailed account of her home and even described the “distinguishing stretch marks” on his tutor’s abdomen.
The victim is not one of Anderson’s students at the elementary school.
Anderson was released on $50,000 bail on Saturday.