Friday, December 09, 2005

Teacher's Sex Plea Deal Shot Down

Debra Lafave plead guilty to having sex with a 14 year old male student of her's, the prosecution struck a deal with her that included no jail time, but three years of house arrest and seven years' probation and would have required her to register as a sex offender, but the judge has shot it down. Interestingly, her ex-husband is calling for jail time.

Her ex-husband is arguing for hard time.

"I think a year to two years of jail time in conjunction with some intense psychiatric help," said Owen Lafave.

What is interesting is that she plead guilty, perhaps the scandal from another teacher/ student relationship a few years ago let her attorney see that she most likely would get hard jail time if she doesn't strike a deal. Still, I'm surprised the prosecution would agree to such a laid back deal. Oh well, they'll have to come up with something better since this has been struck down.

Lafave faces up to 15 years in prison per count, so I don't blame her for wanting to strike a deal. Yet it amazes me that she would engage in a relationship such as this, especially given the media coverage of other trials. What on earth would possess her to engage in such an explicit relationship with a young boy? The entire situation is crazy.

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