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Teacher Debra Lafave, Guilty of Sex with 14-Year-Old, Back on Probation

Former teacher Debra Lafave, 32, who was convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old student is back on probation after protests from the victim's family. 

Lafave was given a ten-year suspended sentence in 2005 after she admitted having sex with a student at Angelo L. Greco Middle School in Florida. 

A judge froze her punishment, however, after she had given birth to twins and her mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. 

But Thursday, Lafave is under Federal supervision again to finish the rest of her four years and two months. 

At court yesterday, Lafave said, "My mom was diagnosed with cancer for the second time, and I spent my year off probation taking care of her and I'm so fortunate that I was able to take her to chemo treatments and spend the nights with her when she needed me the most."

The case was said to garner so much attention because of Lafave's attractiveness, and because of controversy surrounding it. 

A lead detective in her case, John Gillespie, was arrested before her trial in an unrelated prostitution sting, and later, nude photos of Lafave were discovered taken by police officers while she was in stirrups in a jail cell.

Lafave went on national television years after her sentencing and explained her actions. She said that it happened because she had bipolar disorder, hyper-sexuality and poor judgment during manic episodes. 

Ex-husband Owen Lafave also appeared on shows talking about the ordeal.

Lafave was charged with two counts of felonies after she pleaded guilty to having sex with the 14 year old on four different occasions.

The boy's mother reported Lafave in May of 2004, which led to her initial arrest. 

Though she faced up to 30 years behind bars, Lafave got away without jail time and was sentenced to seven years probation and three years house arrest. 

Lafave's attorney does not plan to give up appealing the case.

"It's been eight and a half years now and the case is still not over," John Fitzgibbons said. 

"We're hopeful that we will receive a favorable ruling within the next six months to a year from the supreme court and then that should finally conclude things."



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