Where is Steve Letourneau? Mary Kay Letourneau’s ex found love letters to 12-yr-old Vili Fualaau
Steve Letourneau's marriage fell apart after he found the love letters between his wife and Vili Fualaau, then 12
Mary Kay Letourneau was notorious as the teacher who went to prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old student and later marrying him. However, years before her relationship with Vili Fualaau, she was known to the world as a wife and loving mother of four.
The Washington-based teacher was living with her husband Steve Letourneau in 1996, raising their kids Jacqueline, Mary Claire, Nicholas and Steven Jr together and leading what Steve thought was a blissful life. However, he didn't know at the time that his college girlfriend-turned-wife was sleeping with a 12-year-old boy who was only a year and a half older than their eldest child. The pre-teen student would later become Mary Kay's second husband and father two children with her.
Steve Letourneau's marriage fell apart after he found love letters between his wife and the student. Mary Kay would be found guilty of second-degree child rape after a relative reported the relationship to the authorities. Meanwhile, Steve filed for divorce and was granted full custody of their four children. He eventually remarried, had more children, and moved to Alaska. Despite his silence about what happened, he moved on with his life.
On the other hand, Mary Kay went on to marry Vili less than a year after her release from prison. The pair had two daughters together when Vili was still a teenager and was married for nearly 12 years before they ended their relationship in May 2017. While there was a brief reconciliation sometime later, they finalized their divorce in August 2019.
Last July, it was reported that Mary Kay Letourneau had died of cancer at 58. Steve remained quiet about his ex following the news, but the Fualaau and Letourneau families released a joint statement addressing the same. “We are deeply saddened to share the very difficult news that our beloved Mary passed away peacefully on July 6th, 2020 after a six-month battle since being diagnosed with stage IV, or metastatic, cancer," the statement read. "Mary fought tirelessly against this terrible disease. It is in that spirit that we ask for privacy and respect for our desire to focus on the road ahead for all of us who make up Mary’s collective family. We ask that our boundaries and need for privacy be honored with continued kindness and understanding,” the families added.
Mary Kay's former husband and four children have remained rather private about their experience. In 2017, Steve told People magazine that he had "moved on" and had "nothing to say" about the past. An insider revealed how things were complicated for the blended family in the mid-'90s, but the former husband was able to put the scandal behind him. Steve worked for Alaskan Airlines for over 30 years and went on to have two more daughters with Kelly Whalen, his second ex-wife.
The source told Radar Online that Steve had “little communication” with his ex-wife. “He’s gotten on with his life and everything is positive.” the source said. “He is a wonderful man and father. None of the kids have turned out bad and he did it all on his own. Steven is a wonderful, hardworking man. He’s always provided and cared for his family.”
Steve and Mary Kay's children grew up to be well-adjusted adults. The insider revealed how Nicholas graduated from Georgetown with a computer science degree, and Steven Jr is a father of two. “I attribute all of that to Steven, not to Mary Kay,” the insider told Radar Online.