Puyallup woman sentenced 9 months for sending teen boy explicit texts

March 8, 2014 

Shakira Anderson


— A Puyallup woman who admitted sending sexually explicit texts and photographs to a 14-year-old boy will spend nine months in jail, but the teen’s parents say that’s not long enough.

Shakira Anderson, 37, started texting the teenager after he broke up with her daughter last year. Anderson repeatedly tried to persuade the boy to have sex with her, but his parents found out about the texts and told police.

Anderson pleaded guilty to communicating with a minor for immoral purposes in January.

“It’s anger, it’s frustration. There’s even a little relief that we actually caught it before anything bad happened,” the boy’s father said. He and his wife asked that their names not be made public to protect their son’s identity.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson lectured Anderson saying a presentence investigation indicated she didn’t take the charges seriously and didn’t consider herself a sex offender.

“Kids are not to be played with,” said Cuthbertson. “They are not toys, they are human beings.”

Anderson asked to be allowed to serve half of her nine-month jail sentence on electronic home monitoring, but Cuthbertson denied her request and ordered her to undergo a psychosexual evaluation while she’s in jail.

The boy’s father said he believes Anderson still poses a threat to other teenagers.

“I don’t think there’s going to be any change with her. I think in the future she’s going to be at risk when she’s back out in society,” he said.

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