Originally created 11/26/05

Open season on young boys

Here's a creative new plea for leniency: Your honor, my client is simply too good-looking for jail.

Outrageous? You bet. But a lawyer actually made that argument in the case of teacher Debra Lafave in Florida.

Lafave, 25, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior for her infamous affair with a 14-year-old middle-school student. As part of the deal, she will get no jail time whatsoever - only three years of house arrest and seven years' probation.

Her attorney once said she would plead insanity. Perhaps the judicial system should, instead - for allowing a sexual predator off nearly scot-free.

And for even entertaining her attorney's argument that she was too comely for jail.

"To place an attractive young woman in that kind of hell hole is like putting a piece of raw meat in with the lions," he argued.

Too good-looking for jail? And, most likely, too female.

"There's no way a man doing the same thing would get away with it," says one Augusta child sex crimes expert.

Not all sexual predators are ugly, hairy, smarmy men. Some look like they jumped right off a painting of the angels.

It makes them no less dangerous, no less a candidate for prison.

How is this not an open season on young boys?


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