Teacher who raped schoolboy, 12, then married him, dies of cancer aged 58

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A disgraced US teacher who gained infamy after she lured a 12-year-old pupil into a sexual relationship who she later married has died of cancer, aged 58.

Attorney David Gehrke, who represented her in the shocking case, said Mary Kay Letourneau had been battling stage 4 cancer.

He told a local media outlet: “It was expected but sad anyway. She was a good person.”

Ex-Washington state educator Letourneau was a 34-year-old married mum-of-four when her relationship with year six schoolboy Vili Fualaau became sexual in June 1996.

The abusive relationship was first discovered when officers found Mr Fualaau and Letourneau in a minivan parked in Des Moines Marina, in suburban Seattle.

Teacher who raped schoolboy, 12, then married him, dies of cancer aged 58
Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau later got married

Letourneau told officers the boy was 18, which raised suspicions that the pair had been engaged in sex.

At the police station, Mr Fualaau and Letourneau denied there had been any “touching”.

They said, instead, that Letourneau had been babysitting the schoolboy and took him from her home after she and her husband had a fight.

Around two months after the pair were questioned, Letourneau became pregnant with Fualaau’s child.

She pleaded guilty to raping the boy the following year.

Their daughter Audrey was born as Letourneau was awaiting sentencing.

Letourneau’s sentence was reduced to six months via a plea deal – but just two weeks after she was released, police caught her having sex with the teen in a car and she was jailed once again.

While serving a seven-year prison sentence, Letourneau gave birth to their second child – Georgia – who was born behind bars.

The children were raised by Fualaau’s mum until Letourneau was released.

The former teacher was jailed for her illicit relationship with the schoolboy

She then went on to marry Fualaau in 2005 in Washington state, although the union ended last year.

During an interview in 2013, Fualaau said he did not see himself as a rape victim and that his then-wife was a sexual predator.

He added: “I’m not a victim. I’m not ashamed of being a father. I’m not ashamed of being in love with Mary Kay.”


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