Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at tampabay. Please consider subscribing or donating. TAMPA — Debra Lafave, a former Greco Middle School teacher who made national headlines for having sex with a year-old male student in , has won her appeal to end her probation early. In a decision handed down on Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court overturned an appellate court ruling from last year that reinstated Lafave's sex offender probation. Without taking up the question of whether Lafave deserved to remain on probation, the justices concluded that the 2nd District Court of Appeal lacked jurisdiction to review the case, and reversed its order.
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By Matt Blake. Disgraced teacher Debra Lafave, the woman convicted of having sex with a year-old student is officially back on probation amid protests from the victim's family. The year-old was dealt a ten-year suspended sentence in for a string of sexual encounters with a pupil at Angelo L. But the punishment was frozen by a retiring judge to allow her to help care for her newborn twin sons as well as her cancer-stricken mother in
Partly published on Moraloutrage. Given her initial sentence of 6-months in jail, this "all-American girl" and ex-teacher and mother of six children was enslaved for a total of 8-years, almost a decade of her life, far longer than the average time-served for men convicted of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, and roughly twice as long as the average time-served for men convicted of all violent crimes: aggravated assault, rape, robbery, and homicide. Most appallingly, Mary served more time in "the hole" for trying to contact Vili Fualaau - reputedly months of solitary confinement, hours a day in a toilet with bars - than myriads of thugs serve in jails and prisons for committing violent felonies. But, ironically and incredibly, for millions of people she is still a symbol of how women are "coddled" by the criminal justice system, ostensibly punished far less harshly than men for crimes of identical or comparable severity. So the "slap on the wrist" was in fact a life-sentence.
Greco Middle School in Temple Terrace, Florida , who pleaded guilty in to statutory rape charges stemming from her having sex with a year-old student in the summer of , when Lafave was 23 years old. Lafave is a University of South Florida graduate. After her first year of teaching, she married Owen Lafave in Lafave had oral sex and sexual intercourse with the student on four different occasions, from her classroom portable, to her car, and her house. Investigating officers pursued the case after being notified by the year-old boy's mother.