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Ethel Anderson, 29, is a fifth-grade teacher at Mango Elementary School.

TAMPA —

Last year’s teacher of the year at Mango Elementary is accused of molesting a 12-year-old boy.

Ethel Anderson, 29, a fifth-grade teacher at the Seffner school, faces three counts of lewd battery and two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Principal Felicia Davis was planning to send an automated telephone call to alert parents to the arrest. Faculty members have been told, but students have not.

“She’s very well liked,” Linda Cobbe, spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County School District, said of the teacher. “The teachers who are closest to her are quite upset.”

Crisis team members were at the school this morning, talking to teachers.

“They expect that tomorrow will be the day they talk to more students,” Cobbe said.

The school district plans to suspend Anderson with pay immediately. It will take action by the school board later this month to suspend her without pay as the case works its way through the courts.

“We take this very seriously. She is not going back to school until this is resolved,” said Steve Hegarty, another spokesman with the district. “If the charges stand up, she won’t be teaching any more. Right now we have some very serious charges.”

Anderson, of 6623 Waterton Drive in Riverview, was arrested at midnight. She had called in sick to school Wednesday.

The relationship with the boy occurred between December 2011 and this month, deputies said.

The boy’s mother alerted authorities that she suspected a relationship between her son and Anderson, who is known to the family, deputies said.

Anderson and the suspect engaged in sex acts at her home over the three-month period, deputies said.

Anderson teaches two fifth-grade language arts classes at the school. She also has taught first and fourth grades in the past.

She has worked for the school district since 2006 and earns $39,000 annually.

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