Florida ex-teacher Stephanie Ragusa given 10 years in prison for sex charges

http://news-updations.blogspot.comA FORMER teacher in Tampa, Florida, was sentenced today upto 10 years in prison for having sexual relationships with two students, bringing the high-profile case to a close.

Stephanie Ragusa agreed two months ago to plead guilty to three counts of lewd and lascivious battery and two counts of the unlawful sex with a minor in exchange for the sentence imposed today by Judge Chet Tharpe.

That sentencing followed a presentation by the prosecutors that included a recorded phone call between Ragusa and one of the Davidsen Middle School students in which she acknowledged that their relationship was illegal.

The mother of one of the students testified that Ragusa spent an unusual amount of time with her son, starting when he was 14 years old.

"She basically introduced herself by calling me and taking special interest in his needs," said the woman, whom not to identify. "She would call him a couple times a week but that didn't last long because I started feeling funny about the situation."

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