A former high school teacher and church group leader who hosted sex parties for teenage boys has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
His illegal parties included a “bros night” that featured a front-door sign urging them to get naked.
Jared Anderson, who was honored as teacher of the year at Judson High School in Texas just two months prior to his arrest in March 2016, pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual performance by a child and two count of indecency with a child by exposure as part of a plea deal about one month ago, attorney Eduardo Garcia My San Antonio News.
Jared Anderson, who taught English at the high school for about a year, was 28 when 2 victims contacted authorities and told them that for several months Anderson had been hosting parties at his home for boys and they played games involving sexual activity, police said.
Anderson’s arrest led school officials to recall yearbooks in order to remove a page that cited him as Teacher of the Year just 2 months earlier, according to My San Antonio. He was later indicted on several counts of sexual performance by a child and was placed on administrative leave by schools officials before being fired.
Anderson hosted one party at his home on Feb. 12, 2016, that he called a “bros night,” with seven boys ranging from 15 to 17 years old, a San Antonio police spokesman told the newspaper. A sign on the door of the home read: “The last one to get naked has to get the first dare.”
All of the boys eventually got undressed before Anderson coerced them into lewd conduct, reported The NY Post.
Anderson, who admitted hosting the parties at the time of his arrest, was also a group leader at a local church, where all seven of the victims were members, according to KSAT.
“He wanted to be accepted by them and so he was willing to do whatever it took,” church counselor Ian Vassiloras testified during Anderson’s sentencing hearing Monday.
Anderson had been undergoing intense therapy since his arrest, Vassiloras said.
“He’s human,” Vassiloras testified. “There might be some little tidbits popping up, but it will never lead him down this path again.”
Garcia had asked a judge for deferred adjudication, a form of probation, but prosecutors argued he was a “horrible” candidate for that type of sentencing.
“My only recourse is to give you 10 years or give you probation,” Judge Steve Hilbig said. “And frankly, sir, I don’t believe you deserve deferred adjudication.”
In addition to 10 years in prison, he was fined $9,000, according to court records.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)