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Florida teacher convicted of sex with student back on probation

A Florida middle school teacher who made national news when she was convicted of having a string of sexual encounters with a 14-year-old student has been ordered back on probation. The order reverses the stay of sentence issued in 2011 by a retiring federal court judge.

Jan 29 2013, 1:29pm CST | by

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TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. – After her twin sons were born in 2011, a middle school teacher who was convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old student, had her probation suspended temporarily.

A federal court judge, in 2011, froze the 10-year suspended sentence for Debra Lafave, who was convicted in 2005, for sexual encounters she had with a student, while she taught at the Angelo L. Greco Middle School, here. The judge, who was retiring at the time, issued the order granting her request that she be allowed to care for her twin sons, and for her mother, who had been diagnosed with cancer.

That changed Thursday, January 24, when a Florida circuit court judge reinstated probation and ordered LaFave to serve the remaining four years and two months of her sentence. A provision of the probation is a 10 p.m., to 6 a.m., curfew; an order to stay away from schools and no contact with the former victim.

The attorney for LaFave said she plans to continue appealing the conviction. LaFave garnered national interest in part because of modeling photographs taken of her before she began teaching.

Via Daily Mail.


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A multi-award winning writer, Jeffrey B. Roth is a well-known investigative reporter, who covers crime, law, politics, sciences, business, medicine, education, history and a wide range of other topics. In 2010, Roth won first place for a new series in the Keystone Press Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. A published short story writer and poet, Roth is listed in the Locus Index of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors. Currently, Roth writes for CBS Philadelphia, CBS Baltimore, the Philadelphia Examiner and regional publications, including Carroll Magazine, Carroll Business Quarterly and Hagerstown Magazine to name a few. In the past, Roth, a former crisis intervention counselor and teacher, has written for numerous Pennsylvania newspapers, state and national magazines and the Associated Press. He lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, west of Gettysburg, Pa.


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