Another Schoolteacher Has Sex with Students

Yet another female school teacher has been arrested for having sex with her students.

A former Florida teacher already arrested twice for allegedly having sex with two of her students has reportedly scored a hat trick, after police say she again had sex with a previous victim.

Stephanie Ragusa, 29, of Tampa was taken into custody yesterday shortly after Hillsborough County detectives saw her exiting the home of the 16-year old boy.

It’s Ragusa’s third arrest since last month on similar sex charges.

“She’s in need of help,” sheriff’s Lt. Fred Asteasuainzarra told the Tampa Tribune.

Her arrest affidavit indicates she drove to the boy’s home in her boyfriend’s pickup, saying she wanted to discuss her criminal case, but she and the teen ended up having sex.

Sheriff’s spokesman J.D. Callaway said deputies in the neighborhood stumbled onto the arrest when they saw Ragusa leave the home.

“Before they knew it, she was coming out of the house,” Callaway told the St. Petersburg Times. “It was a chance encounter that surprised the detectives.”

The arrest report says Ragusa has written the boy love letters and given him presents, as well as a copy of her handwritten will.

She was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, as police placed into evidence cell-phone video footage.

Ragusa, who taught special education at Tampa’s Davidsen Middle School and math at Martinez Middle School in Lutz, Fla., previously was charged with having sex with two male students. Those allegations led to numerous counts of lewd or lascivious battery and unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

While one of the teens had been her student in class, Ragusa met the other when he was 14. He had been assigned to push her wheelchair around campus after she had broken her foot.

Detectives say Ragusa told the boy she could help him overcome his shyness, so she brought him to her apartment for three sexual encounters between October 2006 and May 2007.

Officials say that during this time, she became intimate with the other boy, and had sex with him more than 20 times between February 2007 and March 2008, including once at her home when she provided the boy a contraceptive.

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