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Teacher's sex trial getting underway

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Hillsborough state prosecutors say a teacher of the year gave a 12-year-old student an education he will never forget.

They started by reading to the jury some of the sexually-charged text messages that they say Ethel Anderson, a 5th grade teacher at Mango Elementary, sent the 12-year-old boy.

"My heart is seriously pounding thinking about you, I don't want my husband, I want you," assistant state attorney Rita Peters read to jury.

Peters says in January of 2012, Anderson tutored, seduced and eventually began a sexual relationship with the boy that lasted three months.

"It develops into her professing her undying love to this 12-year-old boy," said Peters.

It ended when the boy's mother caught wind of it and went to police.

But defense attorney William Knight quickly dismisses the boy's story of a love sick teacher.

"The evidence is going to show it didn't occur," Knight said.

Instead, Knight pointed the finger at the student, accusing him of making the whole thing up to explain his failing grades.

"It will be remarkable that such a young man would go through these events and remain absolutely silent not telling anyone until he's confronted about his potential failure," Knight said.

As he ended his opening statements, Knight reminded the jury to use their common sense when evaluating all the facts.

"In this case, you are going to see Ethel Anderson is not guilty in each of these allegations," Knight said.

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