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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Hot Pedo Gets Reduced Sentence

Unbelievable. Debra Lefave, a child molesting teacher arrested for having sex with one of her sudents, was given a sentence of 3 years house arrest and 7 years probation. Does anyone else notice the double standard here? If Debra was a man, she would be in prison for 10 years. Minimum. Instead, she's given a far more lenient sentence of bon bons and soap operas for 3 years. What did her attorney say about this sentence?

"To place an attractive young woman in that kind of hell hole is like putting a piece of raw meat in with the lions," Lafave's attorney, John Fitzgibbons, said in July of the possibility of jail time. "I'm not sure she would survive."

First off, it's the job of the state to ensure the safety of all its prisoners and I would trust the state to do that in Lafave's case. Second, you cannot say that someone is "too pretty to go to jail" as a reason why they shouldn't go to jail.

The double standard applied to this case is absolutely amazing. I realize that most pedophiles are middle-aged men (occasionally infallible Catholics), but that should not mean that the exceptional cases of 25 year old women should be any different in terms of punishment for the same crime.

Are we to have two different books of law; one for women and one for men? No. We have one law to which all in its jurisdiction are responsible. We have punishments for infractions against those laws and should be applied equitably among those who break them.

I guess I can take solace in the fact that she'll follow in the footsteps of other pedophiles in that she'll never be able to not only teach, but won't be able to get any job where children are involved--essentially voiding her credentials she spent years building. Plus, hopefully, by the time she gets new credentials for a new life/career, she'll still have to admit to being convicted of a felony. Good luck in your new life, Debra!