Former school teacher, 25 year old Janelle Marie Bird who had previously been found guilty of “two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and two lesser counts of unnatural and lascivious act” was sentenced to two years in prison. Seems like a much different sentence than also convicted teacher, Debra LaFave
Bird admitted having a relationship with a 15-year-old boy at East Hill Christian School. Both testified during the trial that they loved each other.
Defense attorney Jerry Allred had asked that Bird be placed on probation and serve no time in prison. A telephone message left at his office after business hours was not returned.
As a result of her conviction, Bird must register as a sex offender with local authorities wherever she lives for the rest of her life. (AP)
Well Debra LaFave can thank the lord that she is a pretty and a woman. Today, the states attorney of Marion County dropped the charges against her for having sex with a 14 year old boy. There is no way this ever would have occurred if she had committed this same crime as a man.
Debra LaFave had just found out the Marion County state attorney dropped three charges against her. So she doesn’t have to stand trial and risk a prison sentence on allegations she had sex with a 14-year-old student in Ocala in June 2004.
Earlier, Marion County Judge Hale Stancil rejected a plea agreement for LaFave, prompting the state attorney to dismiss the charges against her.
Needless to say Debra LaFave is doing cartwheels over this decision.
Debra LaFave, Sex Offender: “Mental illnesses are real and how they can cause good people to do bad things.”
Talk about a double standard. What do you this a states attorney would have done if it was a man having sex with a 14 year old girl? Equal justice under the law, huh? Ever wonder why we are beginning to hear nothing but these types of stories? Maybe its because the women know that they won’t be taken seriously.
This is priceless …
Debra LaFave: “I offer my deepest apology. I’ve been undergoing extensive therapy and believe it has helped me tremendously. I would hope that all media outlets will let us peacefully move on.” And despite the intense media interest in her case, LaFave says she is taking courses on –line to become a journalist. (Tampa Bays 10)
Teacher Debra Lafave Won’t Face Student Sex Charges
Prosecutors and defense attorneys had urged the judge to accept the deal for the sake of the boy involved. A psychiatrist who examined the teenager told the judge at a previous hearing that the boy suffered extreme anxiety from the media coverage of the case and does not want to testify.
Marion County Circuit Judge Hale Stancil, however, said the lack of prison time for Lafave under the plea deal “shocks the conscience of this court,” and he rejected it.
Assistant State Attorney Richard Ridgway, in explaining the decision to drop the charges, said: “The court may be willing to risk the well-being of the victims in this case in order to force it to trial. I am not.” (Local 6)
Debra Lafave, 25, the former Florida teacher pleaded guilty today in a plea agreement to having sex with a 14-year-old male student. In the plea agreement Debra LaFave will avoid prison but will serve three years house arrest and seven years probation.
Debra Lafave, 25, will serve three years of house arrest and seven years’ probation. She pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery. The former Greco Middle School reading teacher apologized during the hearing, saying “I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
The boy told investigators the two had sex in a classroom at the Greco school, located in Temple Terrace near Tampa, in her Riverview town house and once in a vehicle while his 15-year-old cousin drove them around Marion County.
Hillsborough Circuit Judge Wayne Timmerman said LaFave also will forever lose her teaching certificate, must register with the state as a sexual predator, may not have any contact with children including the victim, and will not be allowed to profit from the sale of her story or personal appearances.
Fox News: “I accept full responsibility for my actions,” Greco Middle School teacher Debra Lafave, 25, said during Tuesday’s trial in Tampa. (video of plea available)
I guess this is another variation of a double standard.
Tampa Bay’s 10 News: VIDEO LATEST: Tampa Teacher Debra LaFave now a sex offender
This means she will avoid any jail time.
Her charges run consecutively, with a total of probation for 10 years.
After she serves the two years of community control, she can come back to court and ask the court to convert her third year of community control to probation.
The Hillsborough County Prosecutor Mike Sinacore says they state agreed to this deal at the request of the victim’s mother who wanted to spare her son from testifying.
Reuters: Florida woman gets probation for sex with student
Sky News: ‘Pretty’ Teacher Avoids Jail Term
A female teacher dubbed “too pretty for jail” has avoided prison after pleading guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old student.Debra Lafave will instead serve three years of house arrest after a plea bargain was agreed.John Fitzgibbons had argued at previous hearings that the blonde teacher would not survive jail and that imprisoning her would have been like “putting a piece of raw meat in with the lions”.