Debra Lafave
American rapist
Debra Lafave
Debra Jean Beasley, better known under her former married name of Debra Lafave, is a former teacher at Angelo L. Greco Middle School in Temple Terrace, Florida. She pleaded guilty in 2005 to Lewd or Lascivious Battery. The charges stemmed from a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old student in the summer of 2004.
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The Most Controversial Book Of The Summer?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Alissa Nutting's Tampa has been deemed "the most controversial book of summer," as well as a "modern Lolita." It's not all that surprising, considering the subject matter. Nutting's novel focuses on a female teacher who has an affair with her 14-year-old male student. And Nutting doesn't go light on the sex scenes. In an interview with Inside Edition, Nutting talks about the controversy, and explains why she wrote the book. "There's a lot of sex but it's also very much a commentary on gendered expectations in today's society, and how for women, sort of the biggest emphasis is: 'you need to be young and beautiful,' and if you are young and beautiful, what you can get away with because of it." Nutting reveals that she went to high school with Debra Lafave. Lafave was arrested in 2004 for sexual encounters with a 14-year-old student. Her lawyer attempted to defend her on the basis of her attractiveness: "To place Debbie into a Florida state women's penitentiary, to ...
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Why the Fascination With 'Bad Teachers'?
Education Week - over 3 years
Writing in Time, Dana Goldstein highlights an apparently much-anticipated new novel called Tampa by Alissa Nutting. Based loosely on the brief, scandalous education career of Debra Lafave, the book depicts a nymphomanical—and, according to the publisher, "smoldering"—Florida middle school teacher who seduces an 8th grade boy. Again according to the publisher, "body-slamming erotic encounters" and much deception ensue. Reflecting on the whole "bad teacher" genre as represented by movies and books like Tampa, Goldstein wonders about the American public's ongoing fascination with stories about "despicable, or at least morally compromised" teachers. Her theory: Even aside from presenting an inherent contradiction that makes for enticing entertainment, "the bad teacher has also become an overhyped target for our national anxiety about public education." This phenomenon, she argues, has been fueled at least partly by recent education-policy debates: In general, our national ...
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Florida judge reinstates probation for former Tampa teacher Debra Lafave
Fox News - about 4 years
A Florida judge has reinstated probation for a former Tampa teacher convicted of having sex with a student. As part of the deal, Debra Lafave, 32, was sentenced Thursday to three years house arrest and seven years' probation, MyFoxTampaBay.com reports. In 2005, she pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery for having sex with a 14-year old boy. A judge decided to let the new mom off probation early last year, but another judge in August reversed that decision, putting Lafave back on probation on Dec. 19. She appealed that decision to the Florida Supreme Court, asking to end it all together, but that request was denied. With her probation now officially reinstated, Lafave must complete four years and two months remaining on the sentence. Lafave, while speaking to reporters outside, said she had been taking care of her mother, who has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time. "I was so fortunate I was able to take her to chemo treatment and spend th ...
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Former Florida teacher, Debra LaFave, convicted of having sex with student denied probation request
Fox News - about 4 years
A former Tampa teacher convicted of having sex with a student was denied by the Florida Supreme court to be taken off probation, MyFoxTampaBay.com reported. An appellate court in August reversed a trial judge's decision to end Debra LaFave's 10-year non-prison sentence four years early. LaFave appealed to the Supreme Court in October and last week asked the justices to let her remain off probation until they rule. A three-judge panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal also asked the high court to review its decision as a question of great public importance. The panel acknowledged the state had no right under Florida law to appeal the trial judge's decision but cited common law to reverse it. LaFave pleaded guilty in 2005 to having sex with a 14-year old boy. The Associated Press contributed to this report Click for more from MyFoxTampaBay.com
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Fla court orders Debra Lafave back on probation
Bradenton - over 4 years
A state appeals court has ruled that former middle school teacher and sex offender Debra Lafave should not have been released early from probation. Click to Continue »
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A land of plenty— especially the absurd - Tampabay.com
Google News - over 5 years
For those of us in the ink-stained-wretch trade, Hillsborough County has remained a rich mother lode of material, from the sultry teacher Debra Lafave, who was too pretty to go to prison for sexually abusing one of her students, to randy Circuit Court
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Schools discourage teachers from 'friending' students - MyFox Tampa Bay
Google News - over 5 years
You'll recall over the years Hillsborough County has had a history of teachers becoming sexually involved with students, including Debra Lafave, Stephanie Ragusa and Christina Butler. "Obviously it has happened, but the only thing we can do is trust
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Movie review: Early recess required for 'Bad Teacher' - Tampabay.com
Google News - over 5 years
There are no Debra LaFave shenanigans with a student, although Justin Timberlake's role as a timid but rich dork Elizabeth chases could be written younger and recklessly funny. Child abuse is limited to profane wisecracks and dodgeball assault
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Local attorneys split on opinions of should Casey Anthony testify - ABC Action News
Google News - over 5 years
Gibbons represented former schoolteacher Debra LaFave, who plead guilty to statutory rape of a middle school student in 2005. Fitzgibbons said he would put Anthony on the witness stand to testify in the murder trial of her daughter Caylee
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Debra Lafave Expecting Twin Boys - WITN
Google News - over 5 years
Debra Lafave, who now goes by her maiden name Beasley, is reportedly four months pregnant with twin boys and living with her fiance. Lafave was ordered to stay away from children after pleading guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old boy while she was
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Report: Ex-teacher Debra Lafave is pregnant with twins - Sun-Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
The St. Petersburg Times is reporting today that disgraced former Tampa teacher Debra Lafave, who made news after having sex with a middle-school student several years ago, is expecting twin boys in October. Lafave pleaded guilty to having sex with a
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First picture of disgraced sex scandal teacher Debra Lafave four months ... - Daily Mail
Google News - almost 6 years
By Daily Mail Reporter This is the first picture of disgraced Florida teacher Debra Lafave - who made headlines in 2004 for having sex with one of her 14-year-old students - pregnant with twin boys. Lafave, now 30, is living with her fiancé in an
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Report: Debra Lafave pregnant - 10 Connects
Google News - almost 6 years
The National Enquirer reports Debra Lafave, the former school teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with her 14-year-old student is expecting twin boys. Lafave reportedly got engaged earlier this year, and the tabloid says she wants to get married
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Texas teacher allegedly had sex with 5 students - CBS News
Google News - almost 6 years
Debra LaFave looked like a gal right out of Penthouse magazine. Lately the teachers look like they're right out Horse Illustrated. by samiam999 May 17, 2011 10:35 PM EDT a) Texas doesn't allow teacher's unions or collective bargaining
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Different sides want different jurors for the Anthony trial - MyFox Tampa Bay
Google News - almost 6 years
He's defended high-profile clients like school teacher Debra Lafave and American Idol contestant Jessica Sierra. “The defense would be looking for a mixture of jurors: old, young, married, unmarried, parents, non parents. The defense usually likes to
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Thoughts on Marriage From … Cameron Diaz? - Big Hollywood
Google News - almost 6 years
After demeaning a God-ordained institution, wanton schoolmarm Diaz set her sights on glorifying her role as a bawdy middle school teacher who probably makes child predator/stellar educators Mary Kay Letourneau and Debra LaFave both look like Teacher of
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Arts, Briefly; Dance Outdraws Rock
NYTimes - over 10 years
The conservative pundit Tucker Carlson got the ax on Wednesday night from ABC's ''Dancing With the Stars'' results show, which included a surprise appearance from the singer Tom Jones. The show drew 16.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen's estimates, putting ABC on top at 8, far above the conclusion of CBS's ''Rock Star: Supernova,'' in which
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THE TV WATCH; At 'Today,' Giddiness Ushers In Vieira Era
NYTimes - over 10 years
We don't have royal weddings in this country; we have debuts on ''Today.'' Snuggled next to Matt Lauer on a pillowy white set, Meredith Vieira was absolutely radiant (''I'm so happy'') yesterday, while Mr. Lauer, her co-anchor, clutching her hand, touching her shoulder, patting her sleeve and gazing beamingly into her eyes, looked like a
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT
NYTimes - over 10 years
8 P.M. (13, 49) NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC OPENING NIGHT GALA CONCERT -- Timpani roll, please. Lorin Maazel (right) conducts the New York Philharmonic in this ''Live From Lincoln Center'' special featuring Beethoven's ''Egmont'' Overture and Symphony No. 3, and Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos in E flat, with Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman as the dueling
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Debra Lafave
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 33
    In October 2014, the Florida Supreme court ruled in favor of Lafave.
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  • 2013
    Age 32
    On January 24, 2013, Lafave was ordered to continue her probation while the Florida Supreme Court waits to hear the case.
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  • 2011
    Age 30
    On September 22, 2011, LaFave moved to end her probation four years early, on account of having completed all other obligations and recently becoming a mother.
    More Details Hide Details Her petition was granted and her probation ended that day. The victim's family stated that they would appeal the decision. The early termination of probation was reversed by the 2nd District Court of Appeals on August 15, 2012. Lafave has asked the Florida Supreme Court to reinstate her release from probation.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 28
    On October 29, 2009, Lafave was cleared to have unsupervised contact with some children.
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  • 2008
    Age 27
    In July 2008, within the terms of her plea deal, LaFave petitioned to convert the remainder of her house arrest to probation, having satisfied other terms such as sex offender therapy and community service.
    More Details Hide Details Her petition was granted and her house arrest ended four months early.
  • 2007
    Age 26
    Lafave was arrested on December 4, 2007, for violating her probation by speaking with a 17-year-old female restaurant co-worker.
    More Details Hide Details The court ruled, however, that the violation was neither willful nor substantial, and it did not revoke her probation. John Fitzgibbons, Lafave's lawyer, stated, "To place Debbie into a Florida state women's penitentiary, to place an attractive young woman in that kind of hellhole, is like putting a piece of raw meat in with the lions." Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian states that Lafave's avoidance of jail time is an implicit belief among Americans that Lafave is "too pretty for prison". Ariel Levy, writing in New York, called Fitzgibbons' statement "notorious", and Lafave's ex-husband criticized it. Commentators have claimed that the attention given to this particular case arises from Lafave's physical beauty. Provocative modeling photographs of Lafave have circulated on the Internet since she first gained notoriety. The Tampa Police Department also came under scrutiny when it was revealed they took graphic nude photos of Lafave while she was in stirrups in a jail cell. John Gillespie, the lead detective who requested the nude photos of Lafave, was arrested before the trial in an unrelated prostitution sting.
  • 2005
    Age 24
    On December 8, 2005, Marion County Circuit Judge Hale Stancil rejected the plea deal, claiming that any agreement that did not require Lafave to serve some prison time "would undermine the credibility of this court, and the criminal justice system as a whole, and would erode public confidence in our schools."
    More Details Hide Details He set a trial date for April 10, 2006. The Marion County state's attorney subsequently dropped the charges. In a statement, the prosecutors cited an assessment by psychologist Martin Lazoritz that found the victim would be so severely traumatized by a potential trial that it would take as long as eight years for him to recover. Stancil had proposed closing the courtroom when the victim testified. However, prosecutors concluded that his privacy would still be endangered if the case went to trial, since it would be nearly impossible to keep witnesses from mentioning his name in open court. They ultimately decided that putting Lafave on trial would not be worth the harm to the victim's well-being.
  • 2004
    Age 23
    Lafave had sexual intercourse, including oral sex, with the student on four different occasions. In May 2004, the boy and Lafave went to see his cousin in Ocala.
    More Details Hide Details His aunt was alarmed at seeing him in the company of a provocatively-dressed woman, and alerted his mother. Under intense questioning from the boy's mother, he admitted that the woman was Lafave. Officers in Temple Terrace recorded conversations between Lafave and the boy, then arrested her at their next meeting. Two separate sets of charges were filed, because the alleged incidents occurred in both Riverview, in Hillsborough County, and Ocala, in Marion County. A trial date was set after the prosecution and defense could not agree on a plea bargain that involved prison time. Lafave faced a sentence of 5-to-15 years for each of the two counts for which she was accused. Shortly before the trial was scheduled to begin, the boy's mother learned that Court TV was going to cover the first trial and would not agree to keep her son's identity private. The pretrial publicity was already taking a noticeable toll on him; he had a difficult time talking to an assistant prosecutor from Marion County. The victim's cousin also indicated that he was not willing to testify under the circumstances. Eventually, the boys' family decided that sending Lafave to prison would not be worth the emotional trauma of the proceedings, as well as the prospect of having to do it all over again two years later since there were going to be separate trials in Tampa and Ocala. They asked the prosecutors to offer Lafave a deal that would avoid a trial.
  • 2003
    Age 22
    Lafave graduated from the University of South Florida, with a degree in English. After graduation, she was hired as an English teacher at Greco Middle School in Temple Terrace, Florida. In 2003, following her first year of teaching, she married Owen Lafave.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Born
    Born on August 28, 1980.
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