Tampa, Fla. -- Prosecutors in one Florida county decided Tuesday to drop charges against a former Tampa teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old middle school student.
The decision, announced hours after Marion County Circuit Judge Hale Stancil rejected a plea deal for Debra Lafave, 25, means the victim won't have to testify. Lafave's sentence in another county for having sex with the same boy still stands.
A psychiatrist who examined the teenager told the judge at a previous hearing that the boy suffered extreme anxiety from the media coverage of the case and does not want to testify.
Lafave, who said she is getting treatment for bipolar disorder, already was sentenced to three years of house arrest and seven years' probation in Hillsborough County, where she was charged with having sex with the same boy in a classroom and her home.
In Marion County, she was accused of having sex with the boy in a sport utility vehicle.