Ex-Tampa teacher Debra Lafave seeks to end probation in sex case

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:09:19 AM EST
Updated On: Sep 16 2013 08:06:44 PM EDT
Debra Lafave

Debra Lafave. Temple Terrace, FL. In 2004, LaFave was arrested on charges of having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old student. She claimed to suffer from bipolar disorder and her defense attorney infamously argued that Lafave was too pretty to go to jail. She avoided jail time.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

A former Tampa teacher convicted of having sex with a student is trying to get the Florida Supreme Court to end her probation.

The high court on Monday heard arguments about the case.

Debra Lafave pleaded guilty in 2005 to having sex with a 14-year-old-boy. She was sentenced to three years' house arrest followed by seven years of probation. A judge in 2011 ended her probation early, but that decision was overturned by an appeals court that called the decision an "abuse of judicial power."

Lafave's attorney told Supreme Court justices that the appeals court overstepped its authority.

Attorneys for the state argued it would be a miscarriage of justice to end probation early for a sex offender.

Lafave has a curfew and has been back on probation since January

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