A high school English teacher who pleaded guilty last month to four counts of sexual performance by a child and two counts of indecency with a child was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday.
Before being arrested in 2016, 29-year-old Jared Anderson had won accolades at Judson High School in Texas and was even named “Teacher Of The Year.” However, when not in the classroom, he was inviting his young, male students over to his house and getting them to engage in lewd sex acts with each other, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
Police said Anderson hosted a party in February of 2016, billing it as a “bros night,” and inviting seven boys, ranging in age from 15 to 17 years old. NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio reports there was a sign on the door that said, "The last one to strip naked loses." During the course of the party, all of the boys got naked and Anderson coerced them into performing lewd acts.
The victims said this was not the first time a party of Anderson’s involved sexually graphic games. In another incident, Anderson and a 17-year-old boy exchanged photographs of each other's genitals.
Following his arrest in March, 2016, Anderson was placed on leave and later fired. School officials later had to recall the 2016 Judson High School Yearbook, which contained a page honoring him as Teacher of The Year.
People magazine reports that his defense team had argued for supervised probation, which was rejected by Judge Steve Hilbig.
“My only recourse is to give you 10 years or give you probation,” Hilbig said at Anderson’s sentencing. “Frankly, sir, I don’t believe you deserve deferred adjudication.”
Anderson was also fined between $9,000 and $1,500 for each of the six counts he pleaded guilty to.
[Photo: San Antonio Police Department]