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Lafave, now a mom, freed from probation


Debra Lafave, the former middle school teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old student, can pretty much put the whole affair behind her. A judge granted her request this afternoon to end her probation early.

Lafave now goes by her maiden name, Debra Beasley. She says she's moving on with her life; she's engaged to a new man and gave birth to twin boys just over a month ago.

Today, she was pushing the courts to let her move on as well.

In 2005, Debra got a deal -- no jail time. Instead, the victim's mother agreed to a plea deal, allowing probation because she didn't want her son to testify at a trial.

Debra got three years house arrest and seven years probation. She still had four years left of probation but, her attorney said, new-mom Debra has responsibilities and probation makes it hard to fulfill them. For instance, she still has a 10 p.m. curfew.

But the victim's family was adamantly against early termination of her probation. They say the plea agreement included a clause that stated Debra couldn't even ask for early termination.

The victim's mom wanted Debra to serve jail time and felt she would have -- if they had pushed to go to trial.

Today, the victim's sister testified about the trauma suffered by her brother. She told the judge that he was completely against the change in probation, but those pleas apparently failed to sway the judge.

The state planned an immediate appeal.

Stay with FOX 13 for more details.

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