Disgraced teacher Mary Kay Letourneau insists she had 'no idea' that having a sexual relationship with a pre-teen was illegal
The former teacher made international news in 1997 when she submitted a guilty plea to sexually abusing her 12-year-old student but feels 'wronged' for having to serve a sentence.
Mary Kay Letourneau, the discredited teacher, still maintains the story that she did not know that having an affair with her former sixth-grade student who is now her husband was considered illegal. Speaking on a recent TV show in Australia, she said: "I’ve said this over and over again. Had I known, if anyone knows my personality. Just the idea, this would count as a crime. If someone had told me, if anyone had told me, there is a specific law that says this is a crime." The former teacher, who is now 65-years-old and from Washington state, made international news in 1997 when she submitted a guilty plea to sexually abusing Vilo Fualaau, her 12-year-old student.
News.com.au reported that Letourneau had been married and a mother-of-four at the time of the shocking case. She was 34 when she began her relationship with Fualaau and she now claims that it was he who pursued her for a relationship. She said: "Who was the boss? Who was the boss back then? He did say he was in love with me. I did the best I could."
She was 34. He was 12. The affair between teacher Mary Kay Letourneau her student made international news - but somehow, the relationship endured, and they’re still together today. Their interview - plus in a world exclusive, their kids speak out. Sunday at 7pm on @Channel7. pic.twitter.com/m8B9AOPEks— Sunday Night (@SundayNightOn7) September 18, 2018
The former teacher had claimed previously that her 12-year-old student was the one who had instigated the affair between them and had aggressively gone after her. Letourneau had been on parole for six months after she had been convicted but was caught in the act of having sex with the teen in a car. She was promptly sent back to jail after that.
She was then pregnant with their second child, the now 19-year-old Georgia, who had been born in prison. The couple's first child, now 21-year-old Audrey, had been born a little after Letourneau had been first arrested. The children had both been raised by Fulaau's mother till the time it took for Letourneau to be released from prison seven years later.
The couple got married in 2005 and have said that they are still crazy about each other even though there have been multiple reports of them having issues with their marriage. Letourneau said: " Anyone that’s married knows that it’s a labor in love." Fualaau had filed for divorce in 2017 but then withdrew the request from the court. The couple still lives together and their daughters only recently moved out to live on their own.
Audrey has said in the interview that the relationship her parents have with each other is "normal" to both her and her sister. She said: "It’s kind of surprising to people but it’s normal for us because we’ve adapted to it." She did admit that her father was more like a "friend-dad" because he was only 13 years older than her. Letourneau currently works as a paralegal and has said that she hopes her new skills can help her take her name off the sex offenders' registry.