Florida judge reinstates probation for former Tampa teacher Debra Lafave

Published January 25, 2013

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A Florida judge has reinstated probation for a former Tampa teacher convicted of having sex with a student.

As part of the deal, Debra Lafave, 32, was sentenced Thursday to three years house arrest and seven years' probation, MyFoxTampaBay.com reports. In 2005, she pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery for having sex with a 14-year old boy.

A judge decided to let the new mom off probation early last year, but another judge in August reversed that decision, putting Lafave back on probation on Dec. 19. She appealed that decision to the Florida Supreme Court, asking to end it all together, but that request was denied.

With her probation now officially reinstated, Lafave must complete four years and two months remaining on the sentence.

Lafave, while speaking to reporters outside, said she had been taking care of her mother, who has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time.

"I was so fortunate I was able to take her to chemo treatment and spend the night with her," she said.

Attorney John Fitzgibbons said the Florida Supreme Court will consider her issues with probation moving forward.

"We're hopeful we receive a favorable ruling in the next six months to year from the Supreme Court and that should finally conclude things," he said.

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