A woman who moved to Darby after being arrested in St. George, Utah, for molesting a 14-year-old boy was sentenced to prison Tuesday.
Suni or Sunni Faith Andersen, 36, was sentenced in Washington County, Utah, to 1 to 15 years in prison for each of two counts of forcible sexual abuse. The two sentences will run concurrently.
Deputy Washington County Attorney Ryan Shaum said Andersen will serve at least a year in prison. Initially, she'll go to Draper Prison for an assessment and then she may be sent to either the prison in Gunnison, Utah, or she could serve out her term in one of the county jails that contract with the prison, Shaum said.
The Board of Pardons will meet shortly after she is incarcerated to decide how much longer she will reside in prison, as opposed to being out on parole.
Andersen was arrested in June after a teenage boy made a report to the St. George Police Department. According to court records, the 14-year-old boy hired Andersen as his personal trainer and went to her home for workouts. The boy said the workouts turned into a two-year affair in 2008 and 2009.
Police had the boy call Andersen and, over the phone, she told him she knew the relationship was wrong, but she was in love with him.
In exchange for the guilty pleas Andersen entered to two counts of forcible sexual abuse, Washington County prosecutors dropped three additional counts of forcible sexual abuse, which is a felony, and five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
Concern arose among parents of Darby High School students this fall when they learned of Andersen's arrest and subsequent guilty pleas. Andersen's husband was on the coaching staff of the Darby High football team and Andersen herself had helped out with some of the football practices.
School officials said they conducted background checks on all employees and Andersen's husband had no criminal history. They said Andersen had never been left unattended with children, which was a stipulation of her conditions of release while she was awaiting sentencing.
Darby resident Bret Rider said he has followed developments closely, and like several parents, he questioned the wisdom of allowing Andersen to help with practices.
"Right is right and wrong is wrong, and that's just wrong," Rider said. "I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks that."
Rider said the controversy has mellowed in Darby since news of Andersen's guilty pleas, but "this will stir it up again."
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