The Debra Lafave Case

Background and the Latest Developments

Debra Lafave and attorney at a press conference

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Debra Lafave, a 24-year-old married middle school teacher in the Tampa, Florida, area was arrested in June 2004 and accused of having sex numerous times with one of her 14-year-old students. She was charged with four felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery and one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition.

Here are the latest developments in the Debra Lefave case:

Court Rules in Favor of Lafave

Oct. 16, 2014 - The Florida Supreme Court has ruled in favor of former middle school teacher Debra Lafave in her appeal to end her probation early. The court ruled that a circuit judge was in his rights to reduce her original sentence.

An appellate court had overturned Judge Wayne Timmerman's ruling to end Lafave's probation early calling his decision "an abuse of judicial power resulting in gross miscarriage of justice." After a year of being off probation, Lafave was again placed under supervision.

The Supreme Court did not address the merits of the judge's ruling, the panel wrote, "Although we recognize the perceived inequality that the Second District sought to remedy, the district court lacked jurisdiction."

Although Lafave is no longer on probation, she is still a registered sex offender who must check in with the sheriff's office twice a year or face felony charges.

Previous Developments

Court Hears Lafave Appeal
Sept. 16, 2013
The Florida Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in the case of a teacher convicted of having sex with a student who now wants her probation to be cut short. Debra Lafave is asking the state's highest court to reinstate a 2011 ruling by a judge to end her probation four years early.

Judge Reinstates LaFave's Probation
Jan. 25, 2013
Probation has officially been reinstated by a Florida judge for a former Tampa teacher who was convicted of having sex with one of her students. Debra Lafave must now finish the final four years and two months left on her sentence.

Debra Lafave Ordered Back on Probation
Aug. 15, 2012
A former Florida middle-school teacher whose affair with a 14-year-old student shocked the nation, not to mention her then husband, has been ordered back on probation by a state appeals court. Debra Lafave was released early from probation last year by Judge Wayne S. Timmerman over the objections of the prosecution.

Debra Lafave Probation Ends Early
Sept. 22, 2011
A former Florida middle school teacher who made national headlines by admitting she had sex with a 14-year-old student has been released from probation four years early. Debra Lafave, who is now a mother of twins, requested that Judge Wayne S. Timmerman terminate her probation early.

Debra Lafave to Be Released From House Arrest
April 8, 2008
Over the objections of prosecutors, a Florida judge has ruled that former teacher Debra Lafave, who confessed to having sex with a 14-year-old student, will spend her final three months of house arrest on probation instead.

No Jail Time Ordered for Debra Lafave
Jan. 10, 2008
It took a Florida judge 11 seconds to rule that conversations former teacher Debra Lafave had with co-workers at the restaurant where she worked was not a willful nor substantial violation of her probation.

Debra Lafave Arrested for Probation 'Violation'
Dec. 4, 2007
On the day her attorney was planning to file a motion asking that her home confinement sentence be reduced, Debra Lafave was arrested at the restaurant where she works for talking with a 17-year-old female co-worker.

Debra Lafave Off the Hook
Mar. 21, 2006
Hours after a Marion County judge rejected a plea deal for Debra Lafave, the Florida middle school teacher accused of having sex with one of her 14-year-old students, state prosecutors dropped all charges against her to protect the victim in the case.

Judge Reconsiders Debra Lafave Plea Deal
Mar. 9, 2006
Prosecutors joined Debra Lafave's attorneys in asking a Florida judge to reconsider their plea deal that will allow her to avoid jail time for having sex with one of her 14-year-old middle school students.

Judge Rejects Debra Lafave's Plea Deal
Dec. 9, 2005
A Florida judge has rejected a plea bargain that would have allowed former teacher Debra Lafave to avoid any jail time for charges that she had sex with one of her 14-year-old students.

Florida Child Molester Gets Probation
Nov. 22, 2005
In a blatant example of a double-standard in dealing with child molesters, a Florida judge has sentence former middle school teacher Debra LeFave to probation for having sex repeatedly with a 14-year-old male student.

Debra Lafave Turns Down Plea Deal
July 18, 2005
The middle-school teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student has decided to turn down a plea bargain deal and opt instead of going to trial when she plans to use an insanity defense, according to her attorney.

Teacher Who Had Sex With Teen Says She's Insane
Dec. 2, 2004
Debra Lafave, the suspended Florida middle school teacher facing four felony counts of lewd and lascivious behavior for having sex with a 14-year-old student, will plead not guilty by reason of insanity, according to her attorney.