Tampa teacher Stephanie Ragusa pleads guilty to charges of sex with student

April 13th, 2010 by


www.examiner.com – Tampa teacher Stephanie Ragusa pleads guilty to charges of sex with student

A Tampa, Florida teachers charged with having sex with two of her underage students accepted a plea deal today in a Hillsborough County court. Gone were Stephanie’s trademark braids, her out of place smile and laughter. Today, a much different Stephanie Ragusa appeared in court. She hid her face behind her hair, turned her back to the camera, and with tears in her eyes told her father that she was sorry.

Stephanie Ragusa was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student and a 16-year-old student in 2008. She was arrested on March 2008 for the sexual relationship with the 14-year-old boy and was arrested a second time on April 15, 2008 for the sexual relationship with the 16 year old student. Ragusa was also arrested a third time on April 28, 2008 when it was discovered that she had been with one of her victims after her initial arrest. The 14-year-old victim, now 16, was prepared to testify against Ragusa if she chose not to accept the plea deal.

Stephanie Ragusa has been charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious battery and two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. The plea deal will lessen the amount of jail time Ragusa will serve. She will most likely be classified as a sexual predator.

Stephanie Ragusa will be sentenced on June 15 and faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison followed by ten years of probation.


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