Charge: Kentlake High teacher had sex with student

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Barbara Anderson is seen outside King County Superior Court in Kent on Tuesday, March 22, 2011.
KENT, Wash. -- The Kentlake High School teacher accused of having sex with a student has been charged.

Barbara Anderson appeared in court on Tuesday. But she didn't stick around.

As soon as she learned of the felony sexual misconduct charge against her, she headed for the door and refused to answer any questions.

Prosecutors say the 37-year-old math teacher had sex with a 17-year-old boy she was tutoring in math. Some of the sexual contact took place in her classroom while the two were alone, according to the statement of probable cause.

Anderson told the teen she fantasized about him, investigators said, and the two exchanged nearly 800 messages in a month, exchanging 101 of them in a single day.

"I believe that's how the mother came to suspect the situation in the first place, when she came across those texts," said Kent School District spokesman Chris Loftis.

The teen had told his uncle he was "getting laid by a teacher," his mother also discovered.

The teen's mother alerted school authorities who, in turn, alerted investigators earlier this month. The district also placed Anderson on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Anderson has been teaching at Kentlake High for three years. District officials said it was her first teaching job, and a number of students really took to her.

"She's awesome," said student Kayla Smith. "She's just like this short little bubbly little girl that always wanted to help you. She seemed like she loved her husband and her kids. She's just a sweet little girl, and this is a huge surprise."

"It's an extraordinary violation of trust," Loftis said. "It's a violation of trust with the student and the family."

Anderson was booked into the King County Jail last Friday, but released on her own cognizance the following day. She has been ordered to stay away from the boy and from school.

She is due back in court in two weeks.