Debra Lafave, the former middle school teacher who had sex with a student, was put back on probation Thursday, ordered to serve four years and two months effective Dec. 19.
Also, the Florida Supreme Court has agreed to consider Lafave's appeal of the reinstated probation, which was ordered by an appellate court last year.
Lafave was originally placed on probation after pleading guilty in 2005 to having sex with a 14-year old male student.
Now the mother of two children, she addressed reporters after Thursday's court hearing: "My mom was diagnosed with cancer for the second time and I spent my year … off probation taking care of her, and I'm so fortunate that I was able to take her to chemo treatments and spend the nights with her when she needed me the most, and I appreciate the news people that have spoke on the truth."
Conditions of Lafave's probation from Circuit Judge Lisa Campbell include a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Lafave must also stay away from schools and other places where children congregate.
As part of her plea, Lafave was sentenced to three years of house arrest and seven years of probation. She also agreed not to seek an early termination of her probation.
However, her attorney requested an end to the probation three years after her release, asserting Lafave had met the requirements of her punishment. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Wayne S. Timmerman granted the request in September 2011.
After the prosecution appealed, the 2nd District Court of Appeal reinstated the probation but said it was unsure it had the authority to do so. It asked the state Supreme Court to address the question of whether the prosecution had the right to ask for appellate review.
Lafave's lawyer asked the high court to stay her probation until it decided whether to overturn the appellate court decision. The state Supreme Court declined the stay but said it would review the appeal.
"We're hopeful that we will receive a favorable ruling within the next six months to a year from the Florida Supreme Court, and that should finally conclude things, one way or another in this case," defense lawyer John Fitzgibbons said.