Mary Kay Letourneau, Teacher Who Raped Underage Student She Later Married, Dead at 58

Mary Kay Letourneau, the former Seattle teacher convicted for raping her sixth-grade student, died of cancer on Tuesday. She was 58 and is survived by her six children.  

Letourneau, a married mother of four at the time, made national headlines in the 90’s when she admitted to engaging in a sexual relationship with then 12-year-old Shorewood Elementary Student, Vili Fualaau.        

In the summer of 1996, police caught the teacher and student together in the back of a van parked at a nearby marina. Letourneau was questioned by officers, but denied any misconduct, and was released when Fualaau’s mother said the boy had permission to be out with his teacher.

Letourneau was later arrested in 1997, when her husband found a love letter to her young lover and turned it over to local law enforcement. By that time, the 34-year-old was already pregnant with Fualaau’s child. She gave birth to a daughter while out on bail.  

The former teacher plead guilty to child rape, and in a generous plea agreement, received an 89-month prison sentence, that was suspended on the condition that she have no further contact with Fualaau.  

Unable to stay away from her young lover, Letourneau was again discovered in a parked car with Fualaau. In February of 1998, a judge reinstated her prison sentence, and in October, she gave birth to Fualaau’s second daughter behind bars.  Both children were raised by his mother while Letourneau served out her 7 ½ year sentence.    

Following her release from prison, the taboo couple married at a winery in May 2005. They remained in the public eye by publicizing their wedding ceremony, participating in high profile interviews, and even writing a book, Only One Crime, Love.  

They raised their family together for 14 years, then divorced in August 2019.   

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ernaldo
ernaldo
26 days ago

Who cares?…

Independent1
Independent1
26 days ago
Reply to  ernaldo

I’ll bet she was a dumocrap. No rules, no sense of right or wrong.

Tim Kuehl
Tim Kuehl
26 days ago
Reply to  ernaldo

I only read this story because the headline I linked to just said, “Infamous Child Predator,” so I thought it was either about Bill Clinton or Joe Biden.

Squirrels Matter
Squirrels Matter
26 days ago
Reply to  ernaldo

Once you go black, you never go back.
The woman was a wackjob.

Boliver Shagnasty
Boliver Shagnasty
26 days ago

Always hoped that would happen to me. But too homely. Some kids have all the fun.

Chances mom
Chances mom
26 days ago

This was really one of those cases of the world couldn’t get enough of! Scandalous, revolting, but like most my question was Why? I saw a special on tv a couple of years ago about this, my question again was why? The law should have been bright enough to give her some biblical justice. Because caught once couldn’t stay away, caught twice still couldn’t leave this young boy alone. They should have locked her up and threw away the key, because she was a pedophile. That’s it in a nice sense, because there was no love in this relationship, it was too lewd and twisted. Wrong! Deserving of condemnation. Perverse! Try making a life with those kind of words in your past!

David O.
David O.
26 days ago

This article leaves out that her ex-husband Vili Fualaau nursed her during her last month of life. Well, we scratch our heads, but as some famous person once sang “Whatever gets you through the night, it’s alright, it’s alright.” Also, this article doesn’t mention at all that Fualaau never said why they separated and divorced.

Mikey
Mikey
25 days ago
Reply to  David O.

Maybe he finally grew a brain.

Mikey
Mikey
25 days ago

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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