Time and time again, you see beautiful female teachers are featured across news platforms with their underage student hook-ups. Some teachers get off lucky while others have to serve hard time for their crimes. The rest of the world watches their trials and passes their own judgment. Some of the most scandalous and surprising teacher-student affairs have made a dent in history… and in the justice system.
Debra Lafave was a Florida school teacher who pleaded guilty to lewd battery in 2005. She was charged with having inappropriate relations with a 14-year-old student on more than four occasions, she was 25 years old at the time. Her plea bargain excluded her from serving time in a prison, and she was instead sentenced to three years of house arrest and seven years of probation. Lafave was a controversial case that brought the “beauty privilege” topic to light within the public school and court systems. Her lawyer famously said she was “too beautiful” for jail.
During an interview with Matt Lauer, he asked her why she thought she gained so much attention and suggested, “because you’re pretty?” She responded, “I think so, and sex sells.” The victim’s mother found the interview disturbing and said, “She was absolutely the aggressor from the first official moment.” In 2009 she was granted unsupervised contact with some children. She is now a mother. Her probation was terminated as of 2014, although she remains a registered sex offender.