Disgraced Florida teacher Debra Lafave convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old student in 2005 is officially back on probation.
Lafave, who's sex scandal was only inflated when a judge released her from her seven year probation despite protests from the victim's family, had her punishment reinstated by a Tampa judge on Thursday.
Lightly smiling to reporters alongside her mother and father, the 32-year-old recently new mother of twin boys said she was thankful for her release that allowed her to spend time with family.
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Reinstated: Former Florida teacher Debra LaFave who pleaded guilty in 2005 to having sex with a 14-year-old student, was ordered back on probation on Thursday
Too lenient: In 2011 a retiring judge offered leniency to Lafave releasing her from her seven-year probation before it was later deemed an 'abuse of judicial power'
'My mom was diagnosed with cancer for the second time, and I spent my year off probation taking care of her and I'm so fortunate that I was able to take her to chemo treatments and spend the nights with her when she needed me the most,' she told the Tampa Bay Times.
In 2011 a retiring judge offered leniency to Lafave - who is now using her maiden name Beasley - but in a move an appellate court later ruled to have been an ‘abuse of judicial power.’
She also reinstated her curfew from 10pm to 6am and said the former teacher must stay away from schools as well as her former victim she met while teaching at Angelo L. Greco Middle School in Temple Terrace, Florida.
Attention grabbing: Lefave's crimes drew national attention after provocative images taken of her before teaching, like this one, were released
She was charged with two counts of felonies after pleading guilty to having sexual intercourse and oral sex on four different occasions with the boy - one of which was at the school.
Lafave was reported by the boy's mother in May of 2004 and was immediately arrested.
The disgraced teacher avoided jail entirely, despite facing up to 30 years behind bars if convicted.
She was then sentenced to only seven years probation and three years house arrest.
LaFave's attorney on Thursday said they don't plan to give up after appealing to the state's highest court.
Rules apply: LaFave, pictured beside her attorney and mother in blue, must stay away from schools and has a curfew set from 10pm to 6am
Staying close: Lafave said she was thankful for her time off her probation with it allowing her to spend more time with her mother, pictured, who was diagnosed with cancer for the second time
‘It's been eight and a half years now and the case is still not over,’ John Fitzgibbons told the Times.
'We're hopeful that we will receive a favorable ruling within the next six months to a year from the supreme court and then that should finally conclude things.’
Exiting the courthouse Lafave’s mother gave a thumbs up to reporters’ cameras while trailing behind her daughter.
Asked how she’s feeling she said: ‘Fantastic. God is good.’