Debra Lafave granted unsupervised contact with minors

October 30th, 2009 by

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY (Bay News 9) - A judge has granted Debra Lafave the right to be around children, but she is not allowed to resume her career as a teacher.

Lafave’s attorney filed a motion in Hillsborough County court on Monday, asking that the former teacher be given supervised contact with the children of family and friends.

The judge not only complied with the order, but also gave her permission to have unsupervised contact with children, as long as the contact is appropriate.

“She’s completed all of her treatment,” said Circuit Judge Wayne S. Timmerman. “I see no reason why the motion should not be granted. So accordingly, I’m granting the motion.”
However, Lafave is still barred from going to places where children congregate, such as schools and playgrounds.

“For example, she still cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school, park, daycare, etc,” said prosecutor Mike Sinacore. “And she cannot work for pay or volunteer with children.”

Afterward, Lafave’s attorney, John Fitzgibbons, reacted on behalf of his client.

“This was another step along the way for Debbie,” Fitzgibbons said. “She continues to do well in a very difficult program. We’re very pleased with the progress she’s making.”

Lafave pleaded guilty in 2005 to lewd and lascivious battery on a middle school student.

Since then, she spent a couple of years on house arrest and is currently serving seven years of probation, which is scheduled to end in November of 2015.

Lafave recently completed sex offender therapy, which she had been in since 2005.


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