Ex-Tampa teacher Debra Lafave seeks to end probation in sex case

Lafave asks Florida Supreme Court to terminate her probation

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:09:19 AM EST   Updated On: Sep 16 2013 08:06:44 PM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

A former Tampa teacher convicted of having sex with a student is trying to get the Florida Supreme Court to end her probation.

The high court on Monday heard arguments about the case.

Debra Lafave pleaded guilty in 2005 to having sex with a 14-year-old-boy. She was sentenced to three years' house arrest followed by seven years of probation. A judge in 2011 ended her probation early, but that decision was overturned by an appeals court that called the decision an "abuse of judicial power."

Lafave's attorney told Supreme Court justices that the appeals court overstepped its authority.

Attorneys for the state argued it would be a miscarriage of justice to end probation early for a sex offender.

Lafave has a curfew and has been back on probation since January