Tawdry Teacher Debra LaFave Escapes Prison Sentence

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Debra LaFave, the Tampa teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student, agreed to a plea bargain deal that will keep her out of prison. The 25-year-old LaFave will serve three years of house arrest and seven years probation for her guilty plea to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery. In addition to her probation she will be required to register as a sex offender. Prosecutor agreed to the plea deal when the mother of LaFave’s victim indicated that she did not want her son to have to testify at LaFave’s trial. LaFave was was facing up to 15 years in prison on each count.

In court Lafave apologized, saying that she accepts full responsibility for her actions.

Tampa Bay’s 10 News has more on the plea deal, and the 900 pages of sworn testimony in case that was released (though not online).

As we reported in June of 2004, Debbie Beasley, as she was known in high school, was quite the sexual adventurer in her younger years. She was always very well dressed and beautiful. She was a switch hitter (dating a female softball player), which meant all the guys wanted her and all the girls were jealous. Old friends were surprised that she married her high school boyfriend, as neither one of them was particularly known for fidelity..

That information is confirmed in the deposition testimony…

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