In a period when sex scandals featuring female teachers was still considered an oddity, Lafave’s attractive blonde looks branded her an easily recognizable face.
She was sentenced in 2006 to three years house arrest and seven years probation and had to register as a sex offender.
According to Joe Zuniga, friend and author of “Debra Lafave: A Crown of Beauty for Ashes”, a self-published book about her experiences, Lafave has turned her life around since her 2004 arrest.
"She's a completely different person than she was when she was 24," Zuniga told People.
“She has grown up a lot. She has become a Christian, and she’s a great mom. She recently got married, and she just ignores the media. She knows it will always be there, but she focuses on her life now. It’s very normal,” he said
At 37 Lafave is still easily recognizable, but Zuniga said she has avoided the limelight since getting married and having twins.
“Everyone contacts her to tell her story,” said Zuniga. “I’ve asked her why she wouldn’t, and she says she’s just not interested in the attention. She wants to just live her life as a wife and mom.”
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