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Teacher drops his pants during trial

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A jury found Michael Lander guilty of sex with an underage student Friday night.

The former Pasco County elementary school teacher was charged with four sex crimes, including lewd and lascivious battery.

He now faces the possibility of life in prison.

Lander testified Friday, and jurors got an eyeful. In an extremely unusual and risky move, Lander stood in front of the six female jurors and showed them burn scars on both of his legs.

He was wearing his dress shirt and prison-issued white boxers.

The scars are ones the victim apparently didn't mention. Lander did not say how or when he got the scars, only that they happened in childhood.

Lander took the stand and said he tutored the girl and even took her in to live with his family. But he denies it all -- the sex, the thigh-high stockings, the explicit emails -- all with a 12 year old girl.

The former Shraeder Elementary School Teacher told jurors none of it's true.

Yesterday, the victim, who is now 18 years old, testified against Lander, along with his wife and daughter.

Their testimony described Lander as a master manipulator who had sex with the girl for months. Lander not only took the stand to deny the charges against him, he stripped down to his white, jail-issued boxer shorts to do it.

On cross examination, prosecutors pressed Lander about emails written to the victim, which references sex between the two on the day his wife gave birth to their child. Lander told jurors he did not write the emails.

Sentencing will be Tuesday morning at 8:30.

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