Pedophile "too attractive" to go to prison

  1. According to her attorney.


    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/...n1068977.shtml

    Fitzgibbons said in July that plea negotiations had broken off because prosecutors insisted on prison time, which he said would be too dangerous for someone as attractive as Lafave.
    Apparently the judge bought that. So she won't be going.


    I am really galled by this.
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    Sharon, I heard this last night on the news myself and I just could NOT believe it !!! WTF ????

    They said it would be too DANGEROUS for her.

    I was beyond galled. Since when do we not send ppl to prison due to their good looks?

    It's outrageous.
  4. by   Jessy_RN
    :stone I feel my kidney stone grinding! :angryfire

    this is ludicrous!!!
  5. by   Turd.Ferguson
    There's a lot wrong with that ruling.

    Sometimes I think that the victim(s) should have the right to veto any such plea bargain.

    It always pays to be good-looking.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am not sure why I should care for her safety after such a disgusting violation. She is a vile person. I am disgusted this occured.
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Scrub off all the makeup and don't let her dye her hair anymore and it may help.

    Wow, what would people say if a male teacher had sex with a 14 year old girl and was just too darn good looking to go to jail?

    Sometimes our justice system has a few loose nuts in it.

    steph
  8. by   VeryPlainJane
    I'm to sexy for my prison cell, to sexy for my solitary confinement, to sex for my orange jumpsuit! Ohhh Baby!
  9. by   UM Review RN
    More details...this is an excerpt from the middle of this story, the entire story is linked here:

    http://www.sptimes.com/2005/11/23/Hi...ent_brin.shtml

    Sex with student brings no jail time for Lafave

    Amid a media frenzy and at the urging of her victim's family, prosecutors accept a plea deal from former teacher Debra Lafave
    By CANDACE RONDEAUX, Times Staff Writer
    Published November 23, 2005


    [...]


    Details of Lafave's past and the student's experiences with her became clearer Tuesday afternoon after the State Attorney's Office released hundreds of pages of documents that could have been aired at trial. The papers include interviews with Lafave's former husband, Kristian Owen Lafave, 27, as well as a woman she dated in high school and a co-worker.
    Some supported Fitzgibbons' claims about her battle with mental illness and the trauma she suffered when she was raped at 13.
    Lafave's former East Bay High schoolmate and lover, Casie Diana Martinez, told prosecutors that the teenage Lafave had struggled with her sexuality and self-image.
    "Really, that was from her mom pressuring her to a music career and trying to fit that mold of being thin, being a star, you know, fitting that role of being on stage," Martinez said.
    Last year, Lafave's attorney said he planned to raise an insanity defense. A psychologist hired by the state concluded Lafave was sane when she had sex with the boy. But several psychiatrists have since evaluated her and several, Fitzgibbons said, determined that trauma she suffered after she was raped at 13 and her subsequent mental illness may have led her to actions.
    "If we were at trial, the doctors would be explaining how trauma over the years has affected Debbie. These traumatic events have an effect on her bi-polar illness. It was my feeling that any juror who listened to the testimony of all the difficulties Debbie has gone through would have found it a very sad and compelling story," Fitzgibbons said. [...]
  10. by   Blackcat99
    'Too attractive" to go to prison!!!!:angryfire Unbelievable!!!:angryfire I think I'm going to go throw up now.:angryfire
  11. by   Tweety
    Actually,according to the newspaper here in St. Pete, it was the boy's family that advocated for the plea bargain. Had they insisted on a trial and testified at her sentencing, then she would have gotten jail time.
    Last edit by Tweety on Nov 23, '05
  12. by   grannynurse FNP student
    Quote from Tweety
    Actually, it was the boy's family that advocated for the plea bargain. Had they insisted on a trial and testified at her sentencing, then she would have gotten jail time.
    You are correct, in the sense that the parents requested the plea bargain. Their reason was the trial would be too truamtic for their son. I am appaled by the Court's sentence and the state attorney agreeing to it. Were the offender a male, he would have gotten a long prison sentence. And I am equally appalled and anger at her attorney's comment about being too attractive.

    Grannynurse
  13. by   Tweety
    Quote from grannynurse FNP student
    You are correct, in the sense that the parents requested the plea bargain. Their reason was the trial would be too truamtic for their son. I am appaled by the Court's sentence and the state attorney agreeing to it. Were the offender a male, he would have gotten a long prison sentence. And I am equally appalled and anger at her attorney's comment about being too attractive.

    Grannynurse
    I'm not sure what went on behind closed doors. I think your right. If the student were female, the parents probably wouldn't have agreed to a plea either.
  14. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    This is the single most ridiculous rationale for anything that I have ever heard!!!!! What if this sets case precedent and other folks can get away with the same or similar arguments?

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