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Old Mar 21st, 2006, 11:01 PM   #1
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Charges Dropped in Fla. Student Sex Case

Charges Dropped in Fla. Student Sex Case

By MITCH STACY, Associated Press Writer 36 minutes ago



Prosecutors in one Florida county decided Tuesday to drop charges against a former Tampa teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old middle school student.

The decision, announced hours after a judge rejected a plea deal for Debra Lafave, means the victim won't have to testify.

Lafave's sentence in another county for having sex with the same boy still stands.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys had urged the judge to accept the deal for the sake of the boy involved. A psychiatrist who examined the teenager told the judge at a previous hearing that the boy suffered extreme anxiety from the media coverage of the case and does not want to testify.

Marion County Circuit Judge Hale Stancil, however, said the lack of prison time for Lafave under the plea deal "shocks the conscience of this court," and he rejected it.

Assistant State Attorney Richard Ridgway, in explaining the decision to drop the charges, said: "The court may be willing to risk the well-being of the victims in this case in order to force it to trial. I am not."

Lafave, 25, was already sentenced to three years of house arrest and seven years' probation in Hillsborough County, where she was charged with having sex with the same boy in a classroom and her home. She pleaded guilty Nov. 22 to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery under a plea deal there.

In Marion County, she was accused of having sex with the boy in a sport utility vehicle.

Lafave said at a news conference later Tuesday that she was getting treatment for bipolar disorder.

"I have a lot of things in my past that have unfortunately become public," Lafave said.

"I pray with all my heart that the young man and his family will be able to move on with their lives," she said. "Again, I offer my deepest apologies."

Hillsborough County prosecutor Mike Sinacore has said that the victim's family had anticipated a trial, but that the media attention prompted the boy's mother to push for a plea deal.

"There is no one that wanted to see Debra Lafave serve jail time more than myself," the boy's mother wrote in an e-mail to the Ocala Star-Banner over the weekend. But she said the welfare of her son was more important.

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Associated Press Writer Kelli Kennedy in Orlando contributed to this report.
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Old Mar 21st, 2006, 11:29 PM   #2
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I hope this mother knows what she is doing because "this teacher" belongs in jail with every other pedophile.
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Old Mar 21st, 2006, 11:36 PM   #3
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I mean how do you drop the charges after the judge declines your plea agreement because it's too soft?
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Old Mar 22nd, 2006, 12:20 AM   #4
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That boy sounds like he's been traumatized...
Shame on that teacher
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SMH at this crap, if it was a guy or if she were considered unattractive there is no way she doesn't spend time in jail.
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I thought her other charge was with another boy. I didn't know it was the same one.
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I thought her other charge was with another boy. I didn't know it was the same one.
she slept with him in two different counties I think.
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SMH at this crap, if it was a guy or if she were considered unattractive there is no way she doesn't spend time in jail.

You got that right. If the teacher was a male I'm sure the charges wouldn't have been dropped and he def would have gotten more then just house arrest. But female pedos are never seen as harmful. It's just boys getting laid and they should be greatful. I highly doubt this was her first boy and I'm sure there will be more.
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You got that right. If the teacher was a male I'm sure the charges wouldn't have been dropped and he def would have gotten more then just house arrest. But female pedos are never seen as harmful. It's just boys getting laid and they should be greatful. I highly doubt this was her first boy and I'm sure there will be more.
I agree. It's appalling really.
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SMH at this crap, if it was a guy or if she were considered unattractive there is no way she doesn't spend time in jail.
Or if the rape victim was a girl this would not have happened either.

She's bipolar she says... Let me alone with her for, oh, 2 minutes she'd be dead.
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Or if the rape victim was a girl this would not have happened either.

She's bipolar she says... Let me alone with her for, oh, 2 minutes she'd be dead.
Yep!! It's like she is the victim
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She's bipolar she says...

She also said she was a "Christian" oh boy. She's also engagged and I really hope she doesn't have any sons.
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Since when has bipolar disorder been an excuse for pedophilia? I clearly missed that chapter.
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She also said she was a "Christian" oh boy. She's also engagged and I really hope she doesn't have any sons.

She should do society a favor and ger her tubs tied or get a hysterectomy.
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She's white, female, hot, and young, and apparently had the dough for a top criminal defense attorney. The result is sickening, but not surprising. If she'd been a dog, she'd be doing ten years plus. If a guy, like 20 years. Guy on boy, 30 years.
The only other thing I can think is that these boys either then or now look very mature, I mean, a lot of 14-15 year old boys don't look like little kids and they feared she'd get acquitted or something, at least that would explain the probation and house arrest she got for the other charges.
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