TAMPA, Fla. – A judge has allowed former teacher and sex offender Debra Lafave to have contact with the children of family and friends.
Lafave is the former middle-school teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old boy.
She served 2 1/2 years of house arrest but is still on sex-offender probation.
After a hearing Thursday, Circuit Judge Wayne Timmerman said that because Lafave has completed sex-offender therapy, state law allows her "appropriate" unsupervised contact with minors. Prosecutors did not object.
Lafave still isn't allowed to live near a school or work with children.
Her attorney called it "a good step forward." Lafave did not comment.