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Mary Kay Letourneau, Seattle Teacher who was Jailed for Raping her Student, Dies at 58

Mary Kay Letourneau, a controversial name, died at the age of 58 of cancer. The teacher married her sixth-grade student after she was imprisoned for raping him, drew the attention of the world at that time. Her lawyer David Gehrke clarified that she died on Monday. She has been living in Des Moines, a suburb of Seattle, and died of advanced colon cancer.

A teacher from Seattle became an international name in 1996. She was the mother of four children and taught Villi Fualaau, a 12-year student in the school at the Shorewood Elementary in Burien, a Seattle Suburb. On June 19, Police found them at 1:20 am on June 19, 1996, at a minivan parker in Des Moines Marina.

Letourneau informed Police that the boy was 18 when confronted about sexual activities. However, the then 34-year-old Letourneau denied any touching later to police and told that she was babysitting him and took him from home.

However, just after two months, Letourneau was pregnant with Villi’s child, a daughter. She conceived again with him in 1998. However, by then Letourneau had pleaded guilty of child rape and was serving 7.5 years of prison.

In 2005, Letourneau married Villi, after she was released from the prison. Fualaau and Letourneau called their relationship as love and even wrote a book together,

“Un Seul Crime, L’Amour’ or ‘Only One Crime, Love’. The story even became the subject of “All American Girl”, a USA Network movie.

The two however separated on May 9, 2017.

Fualaau’s Mother even filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit claiming that the city and school failed to protect her son.

However, police said that there was no evidence of sexual activity until it was too late. Seattle Attorney Anne Bremner even met with Letourneau and said that she accepted that it was a crime. She moved forward and raised the girls well.

Source: https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/mary-kay-letourneau-teacher-jailed-for-raping-student-dies-at-58-1.5015160

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Melissa Critch

Melissa Critch

Melissa Critch is a lawyer by day and journalist in the free time. She likes to fact check and report latest Canadian news.

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