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A teacher who was convicted of raping her student and later married him has died at age 58.
Mary Kay Letourneau died from cancer-related complications at her home on Monday, July 6 according to her lawyer, David Gehrke.
Letourneau was a married mother of four having difficulties with her marriage in 1996 when Vili Fualaau was a 13-year-old in Letourneau’s class at Shorewood Elementary in Burien, a south Seattle suburb.
At about 1:20 a.m. on June 19, 1996, police discovered them in a minivan parked at the Des Moines Marina.
Letourneau initially told officers the boy was 18, raising suspicions that something sexual was going on. But back at the police station, Fualaau and Letourneau denied there had been any “touching.”
Instead, they said, Letourneau had been babysitting the boy and took him from her home after she and her husband had a fight.
About two months after the incident, Letourneau became pregnant with Fualaau’s child.
She pleaded guilty in 1997 to raping 13-year-old Fualaau and their daughter Audrey was born in May 1997 while she was awaiting sentencing.
Through a plea deal, Letourneau’s sentence was reduced to six months — but two weeks after her release, she was caught having sex with the teen in a car and was jailed again.
She became pregnant with the couple’s second child in 1998, a girl they named Georgia, who was born behind bars.
The kids were raised by Fualaau’s mother until her release about seven years later.