Parole ended early for Florida teacher who had affair with 14-year-old student

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Parole ended early for Florida teacher who had affair with 14-year-old student
Jan. 24, 2013 - Florida, U.S. - Debra Lafave appears in Judge Lisa Campbell's courtroom on Thursday morning. In December, the Supreme Court rejected her motion to terminate her probation. Now it will re-instated. In 2005, she was initially sentenced to three years house arrest and seven years probation. (Credit Image: © Daniel Wallace/Tampa Bay Times/
Owen LaFave, the ex-husband of school teacher Debra LaFave, with his book 'Gorgeous Disaster' September 14, 2006. He was arrested in Tampa, Florida in 2004 for having sex with one of her middle school students who was 14 years of age at the time. His book was written by himself and Bill Simon and published by Phoenix Books and is in stores now. (Photo by Brian Ach/WireImage)


The notorious Florida teacher who had a torrid affair with a 14-year-old student has been released from parole.

Debra Lafave pleaded guilty in 2005 to sexual encounters with one of her middle school students during summer break in 2004. She since sued the state to have her parole ended.

She previously had her parole ended early in 2011, a motion which was in direct violation of her non-prison plea deal.

The parole was reinstated in 2012 when an appeals court overturned the 2011 decision, but Lafave again filed another court order to be released from court supervision.

Florida State Supreme court granted that wish in a Thursday ruling.

"We find that although the district court's order terminating Lafave's probation may be classified as a "rare, post-sentencing order, it is a final order nonetheless," wrote Judge Justice Quince.

Quince further explained that the "order granting early termination of the term of the defendant's probation unlawfully deprives the State of a benefit for which it
specifically bargained.

"But Ms. Lafave retains the benefit she derived from the plea bargain-avoidance of exposure to a lengthy prison sentence after trial."

Quince called the lower court's ending of the probation an "error," but said that failing to uphold the ruling would be a "miscarriage of justice."

Lafave is no longer bound by the terms of her order, which prohibited her from having contact with minors.

But she will never be a schoolteacher again.

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