Judge sets April 12 trial date for Ragusa in teen sex case

January 15th, 2010 by

TAMPA (TBO)- A judge today set an April trial date for former middle school math teacher Stephanie Ragusa, who is is accused of having sex with two students.

Circuit Judge Chet A. Tharpe set the former Davidsen Middle School teacher’s trial for April 12.

He admonished both prosecutors and the defense that he plans to keep his schedule.

“This is being set far enough in advance that there will not be any continuances,” Tharpe said.

Robert Herce, Ragusa’s attorney, is seeking to keep prosecutors from using steamy text messages between his client and one of the students. Tharpe set a Jan. 28 hearing on the request.

Ragusa, 30, was arrested in March 2008, accused of having sex with a 14-year-old. She was arrested the next month and charged with having sex with a 16-year-old. She has been held without bail since her second arrest


One Response

  1. Joe Anstey

    Although most people with any moral values would not condone an adult having sex with a student…However. The two alleged counts were with teenagers that were probably looking to get some or have already gotten some from a horny school girl.
    In this case I think it may be fair for the teens involved if they objected to what was happening at any time to determine if jail time is necessary. When I was in school I had a hot teacher that I wanted to nail. Besides that I find this teacher on trial to be very attractive, and those kids are now the envy of the boys locker room. I understand that the law is the law.
    If she was touching children I would expect a severe penalty. These are horny teenagers that she screwed and I think that the courts should open their minds a little and not punish a hot teacher for giving two horny teens a good time.

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