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Stephanie Ragusa, teacher who had sex with students, released from prison and will live in Clearwater

Ex-teacher Stephanie Ragusa, 37, was released from prison on Oct. 19 after serving six years for sexually abusing two students. (FDLE)

Ex-teacher Stephanie Ragusa, 37, was released from prison on Oct. 19 after serving six years for sexually abusing two students. (FDLE)

Former Davidson Middle School teacher Stephanie Ragusa spent the last six years in prison after she admitted she had sex with two students in Tampa.

She was released on Wednesday, and now the 37-year-old is back in Tampa Bay to live in Clearwater, according to her profile on Florida's online sex offender registry.

The Department of Corrections said Ragusa will serve 15 years of sex offender probation.

Ragusa's page on FDLE's registry shows her in a photo taken Tuesday with a half smile. It's a more sobered expression on the face of a woman who grinned in her first mugshot after she was arrested for having sex with the teen boys between 2006 and 2007.

Ragusa also spent two years in jail as her court case played out.

She taught special education, and the names of the teens who attended the middle school were never released.

One student, then 14 years old, pushed Ragusa's wheelchair around school after she broke her foot. She told him she could help him overcome his shyness. Then, she brought him to her apartment where the two would have sex on three occasions.

Ragusa had sex with another boy, then 16, 20 times even after she had been arrested and told to stay away from him. She told him she loved him over text messages.

Ragusa will live at the Continental Inn Motel in Clearwater. The registry lists the motel room as her permanent address.

Contact Sara DiNatale at sdinatale@tampabay.com. Follow @sara_dinatale.

Stephanie Ragusa, teacher who had sex with students, released from prison and will live in Clearwater 10/19/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:22pm]
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