Debra
Lafave

Teacher Who Had Sex With Teen Arrested - Again
Debra Lafave is Engaged
Lafave's sexual liaisons made tabloid headlines
Judge Wants Ex-Teacher's Plea Deal Changed
Too pretty for prison
Plea Deal Sought In Teacher Sex Case
One set of sex charges dropped against Fla. ex-teacher
Judge Decides to Let the Admitted Sexual Predator Go Free
Debra Lafave: The Case Against Female Sexual Predators
Beyond Predators and Victims: The Not-so-Sensational Story of Debra Lafave and Her 14-Year-Old Student
What's Getting Into these Teachers - Talk about "teacher's pet"

Teacher Who Had Sex With Teen Arrested - Again


A former middle school teacher serving house arrest for having sex with a 14-year-old student was arrested Tuesday for violating her probation, state records showed.

According to a Department of Corrections report, Debra Lafave discussed her personal life and other subjects with a teenage waitress at a restaurant where they both worked. One of the terms of her probation had been that she was not allowed to have unsupervised contact with any minors without permission.

Lafave could technically be sentenced to prison for up to 15 years for a probation violation, but people close to the case say it's unlikely she'll serve any time behind bars for such a minor offense.

Her attorney, John Fitzgibbons, said he was disappointed that her probation officer ordered her arrest for what he called an "insignificant" violation. He characterized the conversation between Lafave and the 17-year-old girl as "typical workplace conversation that women have with their women colleagues."

"It was a workplace friendship — no more, no less," he said.

Lafave, 26, is serving three years house arrest and seven years probation after pleading guilty to having sex with the 14-year-old boy in a classroom and her home in June 2004.

She was arrested Tuesday morning and released from jail later on her promise to appear in court for a hearing later.

State attorney's office spokeswoman Pam Bondi said prosecutors will not comment on Lafave's arrest until the court hearing.

Probation records show Lafave worked at a Tampa-area restaurant called Danny Boy's until last month when she started working as a receptionist at her mother's barbershop.

While working at the restaurant, the report said, she and a fellow waitress discussed "non-work related issues such as family problems, friends, high school, personal life, boyfriend issues and sexual issues. ... (Lafave) received no permission from the court to have any contact with minors."

Lafave was ordered by her probation officer to quit working at the restaurant "due to the current allegations," the report said.

The teenage girl was interviewed as part of the investigation.

Fitzgibbons said Lafave has done so well on her first two years of house arrest that he plans to ask a judge to convert the final year of house arrest to straight probation, which is less restrictive.

The arrest surprised everyone, he said.

"I don't think anyone felt this was a huge issue," he said.

Other terms of her probation include sex offender treatment, random drug testing and 200 hours of community service, which she has already completed. She also is prohibited from capitalizing on the worldwide media attention she received after her arrest.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery in November 2005.
Source: By Mitch Stacy, Tampa, FL (12/407) news.aol.com/story/_a/teacher-who-had-sex-with-teen-arrested/20071204163009990001

Debra Lafave is shown in her booking photo Tuesday. She was arrested for allegedly discussing her personal life with a female co-worker. Her probation does not allow her to have contact with minors without permission.

Lafave became a tabloid sensation after being arrested in 2004, above, for having sex with a 14-year-old male student. She was 23 at the time. Lafave later said she "crossed the line."

Lafave, now 26, is serving three years house arrest and seven years probation after pleading guilty to charges that stemmed from having sex with the boy in a classroom and her home. The judge felt she was too pretty to go to jail.

Lafave has said that her bipolar disorder contributed to her state of mind at the time she had sex with the boy. She avoided prison by pleading guilty in 2005 to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery.

Lafave's sexual liaisons made tabloid headlines


Last month, a Hillsborough judge said she will forever lose her teaching certificate, must register with the state as a sexual predator, may not have any contact with children including the victim, and will not be allowed to profit from the sale of her story or personal appearances.
Source: www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/12/08/national/a171624S82.DTL

What's Getting Into these Teachers - Talk about "teacher's pet"


Debra LaFave Update: Plea Deal Being Worked On - If you were hoping for a tawdry trial for the hot blonde Florida middle school teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy, you're probably not going to like this news: Lafave and prosecutors are expected to enter into a plea deal within the next month. According to Lafave's lawyer, after his client has been analyzed by state and defense psychiatrists this month he hopes that he and prosecutors will review the reports and try to find mutual ground. Assistant State Attorney Michael Sinacore said prosecutors "intend to convey a plea offer,'" that could resolve the case by LaFave's next hearing on June 16.
Source: DumbassDaily.com

Plea Deal Sought In Teacher Sex Case


The 24-year-old teacher accused of having a sexual tryst with a 14-year-old student is expected to enter into a plea deal within the next four weeks, lawyers said in a court hearing.

Debra Lafave's attorney, John Fitzgibbons, told the judge that his client has been analyzed by state and defense psychiatrists. In the next few weeks, he said, he and prosecutors will review the reports and try to find mutual ground.

Assistant State Attorney Michael Sinacore said prosecutors ``intend to convey a plea offer,'' and he expects the case to be resolved by the next hearing, scheduled for June 16.

Fitzgibbons has said he hopes a plea deal can be reached to avoid putting the boy on the witness stand.

Fitzgibbons has formulated an insanity defense and contends Lafave has ``severe emotional issues.''

An insanity defense has two parts, Fitzgibbons said Wednesday. First, it must be determined whether the person in question is mentally ill, and second, whether the person knows right from wrong.

``I don't think there is going to be any dispute that Debbie is ill and that she has suffered through quite a bit over the years,'' Fitzgibbons said.

In a Temple Terrace police interview, a fellow teacher at Greco Middle School said Lafave normally was strict with her students but had become much more casual by the end of last school year. The teacher said Lafave began to miss work and blame it on headaches. Lafave told the other teacher she was stressed because of the anniversary of her sister's death, police records state.

Lafave's pregnant older sister, Angela Beasley, was killed in an accident involving a drunken driver in April 2001.

After the 2004 school year, Lafave and the 14-year-old often talked via cell phone, court records show. Prosecutors allege the two engaged in sexual activity at her Riverview town home, then had sexual intercourse on June 14 in the portable classroom where Lafave taught.

The relationship continued on a trip to Ocala, where the teen's aunt saw the two. The aunt called the teen's mother. He later admitted to the relationship and police were called.

Lafave faces up to 15 years in prison and sexual predator status if convicted on charges of lewd and lascivious battery. Her attorney would not speculate whether jail time would be included in a plea deal.

Source: Reporter Thomas W. Krause can be reached at E-Mail or news.tbo.com/news/MGBU2JXDW8E.html

Judge Wants Ex-Teacher's Plea Deal Changed


Ocala, Fla. -- A hitch has developed in a plea deal agreed to by a former teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old student.

The agreement was meant to resolve charges against Debra Lafave, 25, in two counties. But the judge in one of the counties has balked, said Ric Ridgeway, a spokesman for the State Attorney's Office.

Lafave was sentenced to three years of house arrest and seven years probation after pleading guilty last month in Hillsborough County to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery.

That plea agreement was supposed to also cover charges in Marion County, where Lafave allegedly had sex with the boy in a sport utility vehicle while his 15-year-old cousin drove.

But Judge Hale Stancil wasn't happy with an agreement the Marion County prosecutors reached with defense attorney John Fitzgibbons and asked for some changes, Ridgeway said.

Fitzgibbons said the judge indicated that he wanted to hear expert information about a trial's potential impact on the two boys involved.

Ridgeway said the attorneys would take a new plea deal to the judge.
Source: www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/12/08/national/a171624S82.DTL

One set of sex charges dropped against Fla. ex-teacher


Prosecutors in one Florida county decided to drop charges, against a former Tampa teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old idle school student.

The decision, announced hours after a judge rejected a plea deal for Debra Lafave, means the victim won't have to testify. Lafave's sentence in another county for having sex with the same boy stands.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys had urged the judge to accept the deal for the sake of the boy involved. A psychiatrist who examined the teenager told the judge at a previous hearing that the boy suffered extreme anxiety from the media coverage of the case and does not want to testify.

Marion County Circuit Judge Hale Stancel, however, said the lack of prison time for Lafave under the plea deal "shocks the conscience of this court," and he rejected it. (Note: In essence, he rejected any punished for Lafave and let her go free.)

Assistant State Attorney Richard Ridgway, in explaining the decision to drop the charges, said: The court may be willing to risk the well-being of the victims in this case in order to force it to trial, I am not."

Lafave, 25, was already sentenced to three years of house arrest and seven years of probation in HJillsborough County, where she was charged with having sex with the same boy in a classroom and her home. She pleaded guilty November 22 to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery under a plea deal there.

In Marion County, she was accused of having sex with the boy in a sport-utility vehicle.

Lafave said at a news conference later that she was getting treatment for dipolar disorder.

"I pray with all my heart that the young man and his family will be able to move on with their lives," she said. "Again, I offer my deepest apologies."
Hillsborough County prosecutor Mike Sinacore has said that the victim's family had anticipated a trial, but that the media attention prompted the boy's mother to push for a plea deal. (Such a deal.)
Source: USA Today

Judge Decides to Let the Admitted Sexual Predator Go Free


Debra could have gotten 75 years in prison but she was just too pretty to go to prison because what might happen to her there. Does anyone know what happens to any man who goes to prison for the same thing with an underaged girl? Often, they are killed. But, then again, maybe they aren't "pretty" enough to get to be under partial house arrest for a three years and then set free again. House arrest in this case means a curfew from 10pm to 6am. (She shouldn't have much trouble meeting up with other underaged boys the other 16 hours of the day, as long as she stays away from the places they congregate, because they generally aren't available during adult times between 10pm and 6am. It seems like it should have been the other way around - House arrest between 6am and 10pm.)

Studies show that 59% of students in college while they were minors and women represent 43% of teachers involved in sexual contact with an underage student. And, while

The Judge was also concerned about the impact on the boy if it was taken to trial. Has anyone seen the impact it has on girls in the same position, yet, everyone always pushes to make the man pay - and not with house arrest, but placed in a prison where, Debra's attorney said, it's "...like placing a piece of raw meat in with the lions."

The American Association of University Women, found that fully 6.7% of the high school students had had relationships involving physical sexual contact with one or more teachers.

We're still looking at a legal system that protects women from themselves. And, while I think the age of consent in all states is too high, why are some male teachers locked away for doing the same thing female teachers do? After all, women represent 43% of teachers involved in sexual contact with an underage student so this definitely isn't an isolated case.

In Canada and in much of Europe, the age of consent for sexual relations has been lowered to 14. In many countries in South and Latin America and Southeast Asia, it isn't unusual to find couples marrying and starting a family when the girl becomes a woman (around 13). She often marries a 21+ year old boy, for security purposes. Harmful to Minors author Judith Levine agrees that age of consent laws are often arbitrary and run contrary to what is known about adolescent sexuality and the psychological effects of sexual relationships between adolescents and adults. "Age of consent laws," says Levine, "have very little to do with scientific research. They're really about the preservation of feminine purity." So, the question remains, when are we and our laws going to grow up?
Source: Gordon Clay

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