Debra Lafave Accused Teacher Of Having Sex With Student
Nov. 22, 2005,
Hillsborough County Courthouse Tampa Florida
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, a spokesman for the prosecutor
The agreement was meant to resolve charges against Debra
Lafave, 25, in two counties. But the judge in one of the
counties has balked, Ric Ridgeway, a spokesman for the
State Attorney's Office, said Thursday.
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
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
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,
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.
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
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