Debra Lafave booked into jail

Tampa, Florida – Debra Lafave was arrested in Tampa for violating her probation. The violation listed says she talked to a female coworker who was 17 years old on various occasions.

The former Tampa teacher was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old middle school student. Part of her agreement included that she not have any contact with minors.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says she was in violation of Condition 69 of her probation, which states she cannot discuss “Non-work related issues such as family problems, friends, high school, personal life, boyfriend issues and sexual issues”  with minors.

The manager at the restaurant where Lafave had worked at says he was surprised at the arrest, as she had been a model employee.  Lafave herself appeared to be in disbelief as she was charged today.

The former Greco Middle School teacher was arrested in June 2004 in front of the student’s Temple Terrace home. She was married at the time, and two months later her husband Owen filed for divorce.

Debra and ex husband Owen 

In December 2004, investigators released audio and video tapes of Lafave with the 14-year-old. The video tapes showed her, the victim and his cousin in an Ocala store. In November 2005, Lafave accepted a plea deal in Hillsborough County, guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious in exchange for three years community control.

Later she took a similar deal in Marion County, where the sexual incidents took place.

Debra Lafave is now serving three years’ house arrest.

Lafave says she suffers from  bipolar illness.

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