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State wants Debra Lafave to remain on probation

Published Dec. 11, 2012

TALLAHASSEE — Florida's Office of the Attorney General wants Debra Lafave to remain on probation.

Last week, Lafave asked the Florida Supreme Court to take her off probation until the court decides if it will hear her case or until it makes a final ruling.

The state filed its response Monday, saying that the probation will not do "irreparable harm" to Lafave.

"(Lafave) does not face incarceration," the response states, "only a return to the probationary terms which she originally agreed upon."

Lafave, a former Greco Middle School teacher, made national headlines for having sex with a 14-year-old boy in 2004. She pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery and in 2005 was sentenced to three years' house arrest and seven years' probation.

Her probation was terminated in 2011 in a controversial act by a now-retired judge.

In August, the 2nd District Court of Appeal ordered that Lafave's probation be reinstated, primarily because of her plea deal. The court called the judge's decision "an abuse of judicial power resulting in a gross miscarriage of justice."