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Trial begins for teacher accused of molesting student

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The trial of a teacher accused of molesting a 12-year-old student began in Tampa on Monday.

Ethel Anderson, 31, is charged with Lewd or Lascivious Battery, Lewd or Lascivious Conduct and Lewd Lascivious Molestation.

Anderson was a teacher at Mango Elementary School when she was arrested in March 2012.

She is accused of having sexual contact with a student she was tutoring at her Riverview home.

In court on Monday, a prosecutor said Anderson and the boy had a sexual relationship that lasted several months. In an opening statement, she told jurors about text messages between the two and said they would hear from the alleged victim, now 14.

Anderson's defense attorney said what jurors will hear are the allegations of a troubled young man.

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