Former teacher and convicted sex offender Mary Kay Letourneau is reportedly splitting from her husband, a man she met in her classroom and carried on a sexual relationship with when he was a 12-year-old middle school student.
PEOPLE reports that Letourneau, 57, and husband Vili Fualaau, 35, filed for separation at the King County Superior Court in Washington after 14 years of marriage. A source close to couple reportedly told the outlet that the pair is ready to end their controversial relationship.
The couple previously filed for legal separation in 2017 but decided against it and stayed together. The source told the outlet that this time, however, they are serious about separating after many attempts to reconcile didn’t work.
“They really gave it the old college try,” the source told PEOPLE. “They have a long history with two kids, but it really seems to have run its course. They worked really hard to fix things, but it still fell apart. The reconciliation just didn’t work.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Letourneau made national headlines in 1997 when she was sentenced to seven years in prison for second-degree rape of a child. Letourneau said not only did she not think she was doing anything illegal, but she still doesn’t think it was wrong to have a sexual relationship with a sixth grade student.
“If someone had told me, if anyone had told me, there is a specific law that says this is a crime,” Letourneau said to host Matt Doran on the Australia-based “Sunday Night” show, last year. “I did not know. I’ve said this over and over again. Had I’d known, if anyone knows my personality. Just the idea, this would count as a crime.”
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Letourneau was initially given a 6-month stint in jail for having sex with Fualaau, followed by probation for the inappropriate relationship. A judge warned her to keep away from the boy, clearly expressing that the relationship was illegal.
A few weeks later, authorities found the pair having sex inside a car. Letourneau was shipped to prison, where she finished out the rest of her probation time behind bars.
Letourneau became pregnant twice while carrying on the forbidden relationship with her former student. While in prison, Fualaau’s mother, Soona, took care of the children, two girls named Audrey and Georgia.
Letourneau was a 34-year-old married mother of four when she met Fualaau, who was a little over a year older than her first child at the time. Her first husband, Steve Letourneau, divorced the ex-teacher is 1999 and was granted full custody of their children.
Upon release from prison in 2004, Letourneau planned a wedding date with Fualaau. They married on May 20, 2005, at a winery in Washington. She was 43 at the time and her new husband was 22.
Vili Fualaau, center, arrives at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from London on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25, 1998, after a European tour promoting a new book about the relationship between himself and his former elementary schoolteacher Mary Kay Letourneau. He has fathered two children with Letourneau, who is serving prison time for child rape. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
The pair’s oldest daughter, Aubrey, was born before Letourneau started her prison sentence. Georgia arrived while Letourneau was serving out her time in a Washington prison.
“It’s kind of surprising to people but it’s normal for us because we’ve adapted to it,” Audrey said, calling her father a “friend dad.”
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[Feature Photo: Mary Kay Letourneau via AP/Alan Berner, Pool. File]