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St. George trainer collapses during sex-case sentencing

Published February 2, 2012 7:16 am

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A St. George personal fitness trainer who had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old client collapsed Tuesday as a judge sentenced her to prison.

Suni Faith Andersen, 36, fell to the ground but was able to proceed with sentencing after a short break, Washington County prosecutor Ryan Shaum said.

Andersen was arrested last year for having sex with the boy, now 16, during training sessions at her home.

"I have to walk through the halls of my high school knowing that people know what happened, wondering what they're thinking," the St. George Spectrum newspaper reported the teen as saying at the hearing.

Andersen's husband asked Judge Eric Ludlow for leniency, the Spectrum reported. But the victim's mother called Andersen "a pedophile of the worst kind."

Andersen pleaded guilty in November to two second-degree felony counts of forcible sexual abuse. As part of a plea deal, eight other felony counts were dismissed.

On Tuesday, Andersen was sentenced to one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison.

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