Just as we were hearing the post-New Year’s Eve reports that Reese Witherspoon and LeAnn Rimes were engaged, we heard about a third woman planning to tie the knot—Debra Beasley. Wait, the name doesn’t ring a bell? That’s because you know her as Debra Lafave, the Florida middle school teacher who was sentenced to three years of house arrest after it was discovered that she’d had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student—in her car, at her house, and at least once in a portable classroom at the school. Radar reported that Debra, now going by her maiden name, was engaged to Shawn Haverfield, a Florida bar owner. Haverfield says that isn’t actually true, but the two do appear to be living together. A source says that his family thinks “Debbie is a great girl.” [Radar, Tampa Bay Online]
This has inspired us to look up where other teachers made famous for their sex scandals are now.
- Mary Kay Letourneau is the original gangster of sex scandal teachers. In 1996, she had an affair with a 13-year-old student, Vili Fualaau, and carried his baby. After six months in jail, she was caught once again with Vili and and was sent back to prison until 2004. After she was released, the two got married and went on “Entertainment Tonight” to tell their story. The two now live in Washington and host a weekly dance party at a bar called Bull Market. The theme is “Hot for Teacher,” and Vili DJs while Mary Kay hypes up the crowd. Eek. [News Tribune]
- Abbie Jane Swogger was caught throwing a hotel party for several of her students, complete with booze, pot, and crack cocaine. This attracted attention, and soon photos of Swogger naked with students emerged, and a 16-year-old came forward to say he had sex with her. She pleaded guilty in May of 2009 and is currently serving the second year of her three-to-six year prison sentence. [Post Gazette]
- Even though her sex scandal became national news, Alini Brito denies that there was an actual scandal. She was accused of being topless in her classroom with another female teacher between her legs during a school talent competition. She is now suing the school to get her job back. She says that she was merely giving the other teacher candy to control her diabetes, and that the witnesses invented the story from their overly active imaginations. We’ll have to wait and see how her case goes. [NY Daily News]
- Biology teacher Tiffany Shepherd’s scandal was even less scandalous. She was fired after posing in a bikini for a charter boat company. But the “where is she now” part is juicier. She is now porn star Leah Lust, a job she says she took because she needed money. “I’m not particularly proud of it. To be honest, I hate it. I’m an educated woman, but I never thought it would come to this,” she said. “No one gets brought up thinking they’ll be a floozy.” Indeed. [NY Daily News]