Legal Pub asks the legitimate question, is Debra Lafave the bomb or is an electric typewriter? Police apparently have answered yes to both in separate incidents. Seriously! Debra Lafave was an attractive middle school teacher convicted of having sex with a teenage student. The boy was 14 at the time. She has now been arrested again for violating probation. Lafave, 26, is serving three years house arrest. In addition she must be on probation for seven years. (The A.P. photo shows Lafave in 2005.)
So, what did Lafave do to get arrested again? According to a Department of Corrections report, She talked about her personal life with a teenage waitress at a restaurant. (Both Lafave and the teenage girl worked at the same restaurant.)
Why is it a violation? Her probation restricts her from any unsupervised contact with a minors without permission.
Update 1-11-08: Circuit Judge J. Rogers Padgett found Debra Lafave violated her probation by having the conversations, but he said her transgressions were "neither willful or substantial." So no jail time for Debra Lafave!
Update 4-16-08 A Tampa judge has ordered an end to Debra Lafave's house arrest, just four months after allegedly violating her probation. Debra Lafave's attorney filed the motion. Lafave remains on probation for the next 7 years. She has completed 28 months of the house and will officially end on July 11th.
Update 4-28-8 In February a South Carolina judge sentenced Allenna Ward to fifteen years for each lewd act count against her. (This was reduced to six years.) She received another six years for each second-degree criminal sexual conduct count. (This is to be served concurrently.) Allenna Ward is a married 24 year old teacher who taught at Bell Street Middle School in Clinton, South Carolina. She allegedly had sex with several 14 and 15-year-old students. Ward was fired from her teaching position on February 28, 2007. She plead guilty in September. A forensic psychiatrist provided testimony in support of home detention rather then prison. (Appararently, Ward suffers from a repressed childhood and personality disorders possibly arising out of living a sheltered childhood in her minister father's home.) However unlike Debra Lafave, Ward will serve her time in prison.