A judge decided to release convicted child rapist Debra Lafave from probation. Coincidentally, the early release violates the plea agreement Lafave signed:
Five weeks after giving birth to premature twin boys she cares for “24/7,” Debra Lafave on Thursday won early release from the probation she got for having sex in 2005 with a 14-year-old boy.
Now 31, the former teacher won sympathy from Circuit Judge Wayne Timmerman, who told her he himself is a father of three. He joked that twin boys might be more curse than blessing later on and congratulated her for completing community control that is so rigorous most fail.
In a tense exchange with the judge, Assistant State Attorney Michael Sinacore said Timmerman had broken the negotiated plea Lafave agreed to six years ago to avoid a potential 30-year prison term. In the agreement she signed, she promised to fully complete probation.
Sinacore said the victim’s family had agreed to a lenient sentence only to spare the boy from a sensationalized trial.
This ruling is not surprising. Lafave got a slap on the wrist from the start, and the judge allowed Lafave to have unsupervised contact with children under 18 after finishing sex offender treatment.
Lafave will remain a registered sex offender for the rest of her life. That means she will have to notify a sheriff’s office any time she changes her address. She’ll also have to identify herself as a sex offender when she renews her driver’s license.
The judge noted that Lafave can never teach school again in Florida.
She will not have to worry about finding new victims at a school. She just gave birth to twin boys. She has all the unsupervised time in the world to groom and abuse them.
Honestly, as much as I want to be fair, this is a woman who got away with her crime without really taking responsibility for it. At the very least she should have finished the remaining months for her probation. And as much as this pains me, I agree with Nancy Grace. Timmerman swallowed this deal like it was chocolate pudding.