Mary Kay Letourneau a former Washington middle school teacher who was jailed for raping her student, whom she later married after she got out, has died after months of battling stage 4 colon cancer.
Her lawyer David Gehrke had disclosed this to news outlets that Letourneau had died on Tuesday, July 7 2020, of cancer.
Mary was a married mother of four who experienced difficulties in her marriage in 1996 as she had sexual relations with Vili Fualaau, a 12-year-old student in her class at Shorewood Elementary in Burien, south Seattle.
Far back in June 19, 1996, at about 1:20 a.m, the police had discovered the teacher and her student in a minivan parked at the Des Moines Marina.
Letourneau, who was 34 as at that time, initially told the officers the boy was 18, which raised the suspicions that something sexual was going on. However, Fualaau and Letourneau denied any sexual “touching” saying that Letourneau had been babysitting the boy and took him from her home after she and her husband had a fight.
Two months after the marina incident, Letourneau became pregnant with a daughter fathered by Vili Fualaau. Their second child was conceived in 1998, after Letourneau pleaded guilty to child rape and received a 7 and a half year prison term.
Letourneau and Fualaau later got married in May 20, 2005, in Woodinville, Washington, after she finished serving time in prison.
Their relationship was characterised as one of love, and the couple even wrote a book together — “n Seul Crime, L’Amour,” or “Only One Crime, Love.” Their story also gained the subject of a USA Network movie, “All American Girl.”
Letourneau and Fualaau were legally separated in 2017. The King County court records shows that Fualaau had asked the court for a legal separation from Letourneau on May 9, 2017.