#2: Debra Lafave


 #2: Debra Lafave
Name: Debra Lafave
School: Angelo L. Greco Middle School
City: Temple Terrace, FL
Age of Teacher:
23
Age of Student: 14
Rank: 2
Charges:

Four felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery and one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition

Summary:
Debra Lafave was a reading teacher at Angelo L. Greco Middle School in Temple Terrace, FL. In June of 2004, she was arrested on charges of having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old boy.
Police records report that Lafave had performed oral sex on the boy on June 3rd, and had sexual intercourse with the him in a portable classroom at her school nine days later. Lafave, who worked before college as a model in auto magazines such as Makes and Models, quickly became the center of a media frenzy. In December of 2004, investigators released audio and video tape of Lafave with the victim in a convenience store. During the months before her trial, her defense attorney stated that Lafave was too pretty to go to jail, saying "to place Debbie into a Florida state women's penitentiary, to place an attractive young woman in that kind of hellhole, is like putting a piece of raw meat in with the lions." He also indicated that Lafave planned to argue she was not guilty due to insanity, as she suffered from bipolar disorder. As the trial date approached, the victim's mother learned that the case was set to be aired on Court TV, and agreed to a plea deal that would let Lafave avoid jail time. Lafave pleaded guilty in November of 2005 to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery, and received three years of house arrest, seven years probation, and was forced to register as a sex offender. In an interview with Matt Lauer for NBC's Dateline, she said, in response to whether she thought she was a sexual predator, "It’s hard. It is so hard because I lived 23 years of my life, knowing who I was. I was a kindhearted person who loved children, who would never, you know, do anything to break the law. I was a good person. And then now everything has just changed. So it’s just really hard for me to accept that."

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