Hillsborough teacher, victim testify in molestation trial - WFLA News Channel 8

Hillsborough teacher, victim testify in molestation trial

Posted: Updated:
Anderson in court Anderson in court
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

A former Hillsborough County elementary school teacher accused of sexually molesting a former student is on trial.  The case could go to the jury Wednesday.

Ethel Anderson, 29, is charged with multiple counts of lewd and lascivious molestation in the case. She is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old student.

The victim took the stand Tuesday to testify about his relationship with Anderson.  His testimony was detailed and graphic, as Anderson sat in the courtroom looking straight ahead.

The victim testified on his 14th birthday about the relationship they shared for three months.   He was just 12 years-old at the time.

The victim says Anderson was his teacher in first, fourth and fifth grade at Mango Elementary, but he says their relationship turned sexual when his mother arranged for Anderson to tutor him in her home.

The victim told jurors, "I went over to her house one Saturday and she was trying to tutor me, but I wouldn't listen and I was sitting on the couch watching TV and she came over and sat down next to me and, like before we got into anything too sexual, she would rub on my legs and kiss on my ears, stuff like that."

In court, prosecutors had the victim read from numerous text messages he exchanged with Anderson. In the text messages, the teacher told the student that she loved him and referred to the victim as her boyfriend, even though she was married at the time.

Eventually the victim says he told his mother about the relationship, because he knew it was wrong.

The victim says, "I just couldn't handle it, having to lie every day to my mom, hide my phone so if I got a text message, my mom wouldn't read it."

Jurors also heard from Ethel Anderson on the stand.  The former teacher maintains that she allowed a fantasy relationship to develop with the student to get his attention to "make him a better student."  Anderson said he claimed he was suicidal and the fantasy made him feel better about himself.

"I knew that the conversations that were having weren't appropriate," said Anderson.

Anderson says she never allowed the fantasy to become reality and never engaged in sexual activity with the student.

Closing arguments will start at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Follow @WFLA on Twitter for updates from the courtroom.

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:50:51 GMT
    Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out. 
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.  
  • Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

    Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:35:13 GMT
    Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.
    Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.
  • New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:58:50 GMT
    Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
     When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
  • NewsMore>>

  • Clash in east Ukraine leave at least 2 dead

    Clash in east Ukraine leave at least 2 dead

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:55:02 GMT
    Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says police have cleared the city hall in a southeastern city of pro-Russian protesters who had been occupying it for over a week.
    The Ukrainian government and pro-Russia insurgents report at least two deaths on the pro-Russia side during clashes in east Ukraine.
  • Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:50:51 GMT
    Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out. 
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.  
  • Worth a Drive: SimCenter of Tampa Bay

    Worth a Drive: SimCenter of Tampa Bay

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:36 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:36:20 GMT
    The SimCenter is unique to Tampa Bay and is definitely Worth a Drive, Leslee Lacey saysThe SimCenter is unique to Tampa Bay and is definitely Worth a Drive, Leslee Lacey says
    SimCenter of Tampa Bay is known for their high-end realistic simulators. Once rated number one on TripAdvisor’s destinations in Dunedin, they are back at the top spot in Clearwater after relocating to US 19 a few months ago.
    SimCenter of Tampa Bay is known for their high-end realistic simulators. Once rated number one on TripAdvisor’s destinations in Dunedin, they are back at the top spot in Clearwater after relocating to US 19 a few months ago.
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:50:51 GMT
    Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out. 
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.  
  • Woman claims pedicure crossed the line

    Woman claims pedicure crossed the line

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:45:39 GMT
    A Shreveport woman said a nail tech from Style Nails in Shreveport crossed the line during a pedicure, and that she has cell phone video to prove it.
    A Shreveport woman said a nail tech from Style Nails in Shreveport crossed the line during a pedicure, and that she has cell phone video to prove it.
  • Search halted for missing Gaboon Viper

    Search halted for missing Gaboon Viper

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:08:20 GMT
    The missing viper could still be out there, but the search has been halted for safety concerns.
    The missing viper could still be out there, but the search has been halted for safety concerns.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.