Middle School Sex Scandal

Reports detail Florida teacher's lewd encounters with boy, 14

Debra Lafave

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Middle School Sex Scandal

DECEMBER 3--Police yesterday released their file in the case of Debra Lafave, the 24-year-old Florida teacher arrested earlier this year for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old boy who attended the Florida middle school where Lafave worked as a reading teacher.

Included in the released records was a Temple Terrace Police Department report of an interview with the victim, who told cops of his trysts with Lafave, who is now facing a variety of felony charges.

According to the boy, whose name was redacted from the document by police, his relationship with Lafave began with a week left in the 2003-4 school year, when "she became affectionate." The student then went on to detail encounters with Lafave in her Greco Middle School classroom, an automobile, and the woman's Tampa-area home.

At the request of investigators, he gave them a description of Lafave's tattoos, tan lines, and private parts. He even drew a diagram of her bedroom and living room. And in a move to buttress the victim's account, cops obtained surveillance video from a Best Buy outlet showing him in Lafave's company at the electronics store.

Police released stills from that tape showing Lafave, who is wearing a short halter sundress, strolling through the store while the boy browses nearby. (6 pages)