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Former St. Raphael teacher sentenced for molesting student decades ago

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former St. Raphael teacher found guilty of sexual abuse and sodomy has been sentenced. 

Philip "Dale" Anderson Jr. was a science teacher and basketball coach at St. Raphael from 1981 to 1993. He also coached high school football at Trinity for a majority of that time. He was first accused of the crimes in 2014 by a student he taught more than 30 years ago.

During the trial, the victim, now 47, said Anderson took advantage of him during a vulnerable time. He testified that Anderson began molesting him when he was about 11 or 12 years old. 

The jury recommended three concurrent 10-year sentences and the judge says the court will accept the recommendation. Anderson also agreed to two Alford pleas to the other cases pending against him on more sex abuse and sodomy charges from other anonymous victims at St. Raphael and Trinity. Those pleas had concurrent sentences of five years for each charge.

In order to avoid having to retry Anderson or put the other two cases to a jury, the prosecution and defense came to an agreement. Anderson waived his right to any appeals. In return, the prosecution recommended that after 180 days served in jail, a judge will consider allowing shock probation.

"We've agreed to basically the sentence that the jury has imposed,” said Scott Foster, Anderson’s attorney. “But we have always agreed that Mr. Anderson, because of the timing of the offense as alleged in the indictment, has always been probation eligible."

This makes Anderson’s case different from most sexual abuse cases. Today, probation is never allowed for sexual offenses. But in the 80s, when the crimes occurred, probation was allowed for sexual offenses. So both sides agreed that after 180 days served, Anderson could be eligible for shock probation.

"Shock probation is reserved for people who it's there first time ever going to prison,” explained Alicia Gomez, the prosecutor. “And so the whole purpose behind shock is they're supposed to be so shocked by the experience that they don't re-offend."

Anderson had already served 49 days in jail as of Wednesday. Anderson is being held in protective custody. 

Gomez said she is pleased that the agreement makes the sentence final and the other victims do not need to endure a trial.

"I go to trial all the time,” said Gomez, “But they're the ones that have to take the witness stand. And they're the ones who have to go through and relive the trauma over and over again in trial. So the fact that's it's final and it's going to be done after today, I think that it gives them some peace. The victims were thrilled we could get some finality."

Anderson must also enter a treatment program for sex offenders and remain on the sex offender registry for the rest of his life. 

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