February 20, 2009
Anna Bettencourt - Teacher Accused Of Repeatedly Having Sex With Student. One Time On The Classroom Floor
Bliss, Idaho (The Weekly Vice) - Anna M. Bettencourt, a 39-year-old social studies teacher At Bliss High School was arrested Tuesday on accusations of repeatedly having sex with a 16-year-old student. One time occurring on a classroom floor.
According to police, Bettencourt reportedly admitted to having sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old student on two occasions.
Investigators say the sexual contact occurred between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30. One of the incidents took place at the school on a Sunday, where Bettencourt and the teen engaged in intercourse on the floor of the agriculture shop.
The 2nd incident took place in the teen's truck after the two met at the school, according to the arrest affidavit. Police say the teacher and student both admitted to having sex on two occassions.
The victim told detectives that the relationship began six or seven months ago when Bettencourt allegedly began sending him sexually charged text messages.
"She said she was going through bad times in her life and she enjoyed the attention and made the mistake of engaging in very inappropriate messages," stated the arrest report.
Police say a school aid learned of the alleged abuse in November, but failed to report it. Word of the alleged sexual contact eventually made it to school administrators on or about Feb. 13.
Bettencourt was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of felony sexual battery of a minor. Each count is punishable with up to life in prison. A preliminary hearing in the case has been set for March 19.
The Weekly Vice
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