Debra Lafave, Ex-Teacher in Sex Case, Ordered Back on Probation
Debra Lafave, the former Tampa, Fla., middle school teacher and pin-up model who pleaded guilty in 2005 to having sex with a 14-year-old student, has been ordered back on probation.
A trial judge released Lafave from the remainder of her probation obligation before she served her full sentence of three years house arrest and seven years probation. However, an appellate court called the decision to release her early an "abuse of judicial power," according to The Associated Press.
Today, responding to the appellate court ruling, Circuit Judge Lisa Campbell in Hillsborough County, Fla., reinstated LaFave's probation, ordering the mother of twins to serve another four years and two months probation effective Dec. 19, 2012, to observe a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and to stay away from schools, according to AP and ABC News affiliate WFTS in Tampa, Fla.
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Attending court this morning with her parents, Lafave told reporters how she spent her year off of probation.
"My mom was diagnosed with cancer for the second time and I spent my … off-probation taking care of her," she said, according to WFTS. "I'm so fortunate that I was able to take her to chemo treatments and spend the nights with her when she needed me the most."
Even with today's ruling, though, the matter may not be settled.
"The Supreme Court of Florida has accepted jurisdiction of the case," said Lafave's attorney, John Fitzgibbons, according to WFTS, "We're hopeful we will receive a favorable ruling in the next six months to a year from the Supreme Court, and that should finally conclude things one way or another in this case."
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