Lafave, 25, was a middle-school teacher and the boy was one of her students at the time several molests occurred. Florida prosecutors dropped molestation charges against Lafave on 22 March after the boy reported to be uncomfortable testifying on live court television.
Lafave --a platinum blond, blue-eyed woman-- now said that she is in treatment for "mental illness" (a bipolar disorder) and was apologetic to the boy she calls a "young man." She currently has a fiancÚ whom she said has unconditional love for her and has stood by her during the ordeal.
"My greatest regret would probably be the fact that I put this young man through this," Lafave said. The boy has said Lafave engaged him three times during June 2004 for sexual conduct.
In November 2005, Lafave pleaded guilty in Hillsborough County, Florida, court to two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior. She was sentenced to three years under house arrest and seven years of probation, and was required to register as a sex offender in Florida.
"It's over -- and this time, this case is really over, and over for good," Lafave's lawyer, John Fitzgibbons, told reporters. "We can only hope now that in the next few weeks Debbie will basically fade into a footnote in everybody's memory."
Due to the case, Lafave has grown into a staunch media critic, claiming that reporters hound her and her family and the student she molested. Lafave has decided to take journalism courses, to which she says "God has given me a great outlet to write, and I would hope I could reach people through writing."
"I am a strong Christian woman," said Lafave and "I believe that God has a path for me, and this was just a bump in the road."
Fitzgibbons said during a news conference that it is his hope that Lafave will fade-out from everyone's memory.
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