While certainly not the first educator to ever have sex with a student Debra Lafave was one of the first to be seriously prosecuted for it and ushered in the current trend of outing the small percentage of teachers who consider their profession to be entry into a dating pool.
Lafave was originally arrested in 2004 for having sex with a 14-year-old student. She pleaded to a lesser charge in late 2005 and was placed on three years of house arrest to be followed by seven years of probation. Part of her deal was not to have any contact with children.
LaFave’s attorney is asking the court for limited contact with a small group of children, namely those in her family and friends. LaFave recently finished her sex offender ‘treatment’ program that she’s been participating in since 2005.
I am sort of on the fence on this one. Obviously we can all see what a PITA it would be not to be able to have any contact with family members when their children are around but then again perhaps she should have thought about it before doing the horizontal bop with a 14-year-old child. What do you think it?
Updated 10/29/09 – Now that I’ve had a day to sit back (not really) and wonder what the hell I was thinking when I posted this I see that the judge ruled earlier today in Lafave’s request.
Not only did the judge give her permission to have supervised contact with the children of family and friends but Judge Wayne S. Timmerman decided that since she had finished her sex offender therapy she can have unsupervised “apprpriate” contact with any minors (other than her victim).
What a crock of shit.