The tramp stamps of a predatory teacher: Stephanie Ragusa goes to trial in Tampa

Jury selection begins today for Stephanie Ragusa, a former Hillsborough County middle school teacher who faces several counts of lewd and lascivious battery and felony sex with minors.

Ragusa, 30, taught math at Davidsen Middle School before she was jailed in April 2008. In March of that same year, a 15-year-old student claimed he had a relationship with Ragusa when he was 14. Then a 16-year-old student came forward with a similar story.

It's almost becoming a cliche for a relatively attractive, female  public-school teacher to get caught having sex with her students. However, Ragusa separated herself from the pack of pedophiles and made a splash in the national news for her odd behavior—-odd beyond the sex with minors part. Each of the three times she was arrested between March and April of 2008, she offered a