House Arrest For Child Sex Teacher
A female teacher pleaded guilty yesterday to having sex with a 14-year-old student,
avoiding prison as part of a plea agreement.
Debra Lafave, 25, whose sensational case made tabloid headlines,
will serve three years of house arrest and seven years probation.
The former Greco Middle school reading teacher pleaded guilty
to two counts of lewd and lasvicious battery.
Lafave apologised during the hearing,
saying, "I accept full resposibility for my actions."
The boy told investigators the two had sex in a classroom,
at the school, in her Riverview town house
and once in a vechicle while his 15-year-old cousin was driving.
If convicted at trial Lafave could have faced up to 30 years jail.
Adelaide Advertiser (24-11-2005)
Teacher Accused Of Sex With Teen
TAMPA: A 23-year-old middle-school teacher has been
charged with having sex with
a 14-year-old student in a
classroom, at her apartment
and, once, in a vehicle while
the teenager's 15-year-old
Debra Beasley Lafave
turned herself in to
authorities this week on
charges of having sex with
Detectives said that the
cousins provided matching statements
incriminating Lafave and
that the 14-year-old described Lafave's apartment and her tattoos
Lafave, who teaches
reading in the Tampa,
Florida suburb of
Temple Terrace, was arrested there last week on
lewd and lascivious battery charges.
She was accused of
having sex with the
teenager earlier this
month at her apartment and in a classroom at Greco Middle School.
She was out on bond on those
charges when she turned herself
in at Marion County, about 130
kilometres north of Tampa,
where the cousin lives.
There, she is charged with
lewd and lascivious battery and
exhibition. She was released on
Her lawyer, John Fitzgibbons,
said he was not ready to respond
to the allegations.
"There is a presumption of
innocence in this country, and I
hope people will give Debbie
that presumption," he said.
"There'll come a time when
we'll have something to say
about the defence and a position. Right now, we're getting
through this process."
The teenager told investigators that he and Lafave got to
know each other during a class
trip last month.
According to the teenager,
their sexual relationship began
on June 3. The boy told detectives Lafave said her months- old
marriage was in trouble.
He said she told him she was
attracted to him because having
sex with him was not allowed.
Lafave, who has worked with the
Hillsborough County school system for two years, has been
placed on administrative duty.
She could be suspended without pay at the next school board
meeting, officials said.
In Marion County, authorities
said Lafave had sex with the
student in the back of her sport
utility vehicle while the cousin
drove them around Ocala.
According to The Tampa Tribune newspaper, a report from
the Marion County Sheriffs
Office states Lafave had sexual
relations with the student five
times between June 3 and 17.
The first incidents happened
at her home and school, detectives told the Tribune.
The other three happened on
her way to Ocala or in the Ocala
area in her car, the report states.
If Lafave is convicted, each
charge could bring up to 15 years
in prison and a fine of up to
$14,500, according to Florida
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