Stephanie Ragusa: OK class, who can spell PREDATOR?

I have got to do it. I need to have a special bLAWgger category for Stephanie Ragusa, a.k.a. Debra LaFave on steriods. Or quadruple estrogen shots.

At first, I laughed about this lady like everyone else, lumping her in with the seemingly constant wave of other teachers who apparently don’t have TV and internet and know that you can actually go to prison for having sex with underage students. Then, oops, she did it again. And again. Then she mugged for the jailhouse camera. Then she went back to the scene of the crime for some mo’. Then she talked to the kid on the phone about the situation. And the word on the street is that when talking to attorneys about the case, she wanted to hire a publicist as a part of her defense team.

Wow, I slowly came to realize, she’s not just stupid, she has serious mental issues. Let’s see, what’s the math here? One sociopatic teacher, plus a lesson not learned, plus being free on bail, plus doing the same criminal act repeatedly, equals . . . . a sexual predator. Yo, teach, I think I get extra credit for this one.

Sexual predators take on all different shapes. By the Ragusa standard, Debra LaFave and Jaymee Wallace are not predators, they are simply offenders (the Florida Statutes may say different, but common sense screams that neither of those ladies was anything like Ragusa). And both LaFave and Wallace showed remorse and evidenced that remorse by changin their lives and not repeating the behavior. Ragusa is in a class by herself.

Why the publicist? That is classic hearsay, but it is consistent with her grinning for the booking photos and her running to the reporters upon her release on bond. That plan backfired, eh, Stephanie? You’re still in jail this time, and you can’t ignore the law, the conditions of a bond, or common decency while you’re in the hoosgow.

So now what for Ragusa? Her tape with the victim is out there, showing her deviousness and planning. She has umpteen SERIOUS charges coming her way. By the way, are there more boys out there? I’ll take the over on that bet. And she ain’t gettin’ outta jail. Good job, Steph. Way to try to make the State look like buffoons. I’m also betting that they have the last laugh in this . . .


Author: Joe Bodiford

Tallahassee criminal defense attorney. Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, Nationally Board Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy, and AV* rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Former adjunct professor of law and co-director of the Trial Team at Florida State University College of Law; former adjunct professor of law at Stetson University College of Law (Florida criminal procedure, Trial Advocacy). Curator of Advocacy Underground. Practicing in the area of State and Federal Criminal Trial and Appeals. Visit us at!

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