Friday, June 12, 2009

Former Teacher Lucretia Anderson --- 10 Years for Sexual Assault

A former Gilmer High School teacher was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for sexual assault of a child after she violated her probation.

An Upshur County judge in May 2008 sentenced Lucretia Ann Anderson, a former teacher and coach, to 10 years probation on the sexual assault charge. She was arrested in 2004 and charged with assaulting a child under the age of 17 multiple times, District Attorney Billy Byrd said.

The victim's family requested the probation sentence because the child would have been required to testify in the case for a jail sentence to be administered, Byrd said.

Anderson, 38, violated her probation in April after Tyler police arrested her on a theft charge. Byrd said Anderson attempted to steal $294 of merchandise by tearing UPC labels from lower priced items and scanning the cheaper UPC labels at a self check line while holding the more expensive items.

She was placed in the Upshur County Jail on May 8 and held without bond.

District Judge Lauren Parish on Friday heard a motion to revoke Anderson's probation, and handed down the sentence. She will be required to serve at least half of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole, Byrd said.

In addition to violating probation, Anderson also had not attended required group counseling sessions and sex offender therapy classes, Byrd said.

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