March 22, 2011
Kent, Washington (The Weekly Vice) - Barbara Jeanne Anderson, a 37-year-old math teacher at Kentlake High School was charged Tuesday after she allegedly had sex with a 17-year-old student.
According to King County Prosecutors, a relationship developed between Anderson and a male student after he transferred into her math class and she agreed to provide additional help with his studies.
Investigators say the boy's mother became concerned when she received a text message from a friend of her son that stated he was "acting odd and suicidal."
The teen's mother met with school staff, including Anderson, about her son's problems. When she suggested the idea of taking away the teen's phone, Anderson reportedly spoke up and suggested that the boy's phone was his "lifeline" and that she "keeps him with her on the day he is very emotional and unstable."
After the meeting, the teens mother reportedly checked her son's cell phone records and discovered the he and Ms. Anderson had exchanged nearly 800 messages between Jan 25 and Feb 18.
Prosecutors say Anderson told the boy that she fantasized about him after he told her she was "beautiful."
Investigators say Anderson and the boy ultimately had sex in a car and that she text messaged him afterwards asking when they would meet up again. Prosecutors also believe Anderson and the boy engaged in sexual contact in her classroom when the two were alone together.
The teen's mother and the school's assistant principal became concerned about the relationship between Anderson and the teen, and both requested that she stop all contact with him.
An investigation was launched on March 8 after the boy reportedly told his uncle that he was "getting laid by his teacher." The King County Sheriff's Office took Anderson into custody on March 17 after interviewing witnesses in the case.
Anderson, who is married with children, was booked into jail on a charge of first-degree sexual misconduct. She was released without bail the next day.
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Barbara Anderson - Teacher - Jailed After Teen Tells Uncle He Was "Getting Laid By His Teacher"