Video: Her side of the story

updated 4/8/2008 4:42:52 PM ET 2008-04-08T20:42:52

A former English teacher in Tampa, Fla., who admitted having sex with a 14-year-old middle school student gets to spend her final three months of house arrest on probation instead.

A judge decided Tuesday that Debra Lafave will be released from house arrest on July 11. The 27-year-old will serve straight probation instead, which is less restrictive and doesn't require her to wear a monitoring bracelet.

Prosecutor Mike Sinacore objected to Tuesday's decision. He said the victim's family objects, too.

Lafave, who taught at Greco Middle School, was arrested in June 2004 after the boy's mother called police to report that Lafave was having sex with her son.

By November 2005, with a swarm of media coverage, the boy's parents said they did not want him to testify. The family agreed to a plea deal where Lafave would serve three years on house arrest followed by seven years on probation. If she did not violate her house arrest in the first two years, the deal stated, she was allowed to ask to serve the remainder of her house arrest on probation.

Lafave has completed two years and four months of her three years.

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