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Judge Reinstates LaFave's Probation

By January 26, 2013

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Probation has officially been reinstated by a Florida judge for a former Tampa teacher who was convicted of having sex with one of her students. Debra Lafave must now finish the final four years and two months left on her sentence.

In September 2011, Judge Wayne S. Timmerman cut short her sentence, but the prosecution appealed that ruling.

The prosecutors argued that Judge Timmerman's decision was an abuse of judicial power because Lafave's sentence was part of a plea deal, an agreement, signed by both parties. On August 15, 2012, a state appeals court agreed and ordered Lafave's sentence reinstated.

Back Under House Arrest

This week, Circuit Judge Lisa Campbell officially reinstated the probation sentence. In 2005, she was originally sentenced to three years house arrest and seven years probation after she pleaded guilty of lewd and lascivious battery for having sex with a 14-year-old boy.

Lafave will now have to serve the final three months of her house arrest sentence.

The now 32-year-old mother of twins told reporters that she was grateful for the time that she was not under house arrest because she could care for her mother, who is fighting cancer.

Ruling Under Appeal

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

The appeal court's ruling has been appealed to the Florida Supreme Court, her attorney said.

"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," John Fitzgibbons said.

See Also:
Florida Judge Reinstates Probation for Former Tampa Teacher Debra Lafave

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