Remember Debra Lafave? She’s that pretty, blonde teacher, with the big blue eyes, who plead guilty to having sex with one of her 14-year-old students. She agreed to three years of house arrest, plus seven years of probation. But now Debra Lafave gets the equivalent of a “get out of jail free” card. Judge Wayne Timmerman ended her probation effective immediately.
“I am absolutely positively against her getting early probation,” the victim’s mother said. “She has already gotten off too easy,” she went on to say. “The only reason we did not go to trial is because I did not want to subject my son… At the time, Court TV was planning on broadcasting the whole trial and would not guarantee protecting his identity. I felt I had no choice. I love my son more than I dislike her, and I felt I had to protect him.”
Is it fair that Debra Lafave is off probation, four years early, to live her life? The deal included no early termination or probation, but that was ignored. Said her attorney John Fitzgibbons, “For almost six years now Debbie has worked hard and has been gainfully employed. She has completed all her community service hours early and doing extremely well in all aspects of her personal life.”
Cases of teachers who have sex with their students are not new. However, many of these teachers end up in jail as a result. The victim’s mother mentioned Stephanie Ragusa who had sex with two of her students and is serving a 10 year prison sentence. There are many other examples, such as Mary Kay Letourneau who served 7 years for having sex with a 13-year-old Vili Fualaau.
Is it more important to punish a convicted sex offender, such as Debra Lafave, fully, or give them the benefit of the doubt that they will never commit such an act again?