United States: Teacher had sex with two students
Stephanie Ragusa – Former Tampa Teacher Gets 10 Years For Having Sex With Students. A Tampa Florida judge has sentenced Stephanie Ragusa, a former middle school teacher, to serve 10 years in prison as well as handing down an additional probation period of 15 years. This ruling comes after she had entered a plea of guilty to the charges that she had engaged in sexual activity with two underage students one aged 16, the other 14.
The 31-year-old math teacher apologized to her young victims and their families in a Hillsborough courtroom Monday.
“I never intended to harm anyone,” Ragusa told the court.
Prosecutors said Ragusa had intercourse with the 14-year-old on three occasions between Oct. 2006 and May 2007.
The relationship with the 16-year-old student began when he was 15 and ended after Ragusa’s arrest in April 2008 when she was leaving the teen’s home.
Ragusa’s father also took the stand and begged Judge Chet Tharpe for mercy.
But Tharpe sided with the victims, calling Ragusa arrogant and selfish.
“You have disgraced yourself, family and the teaching profession,” Tharpe said.