Mary Kay Letourneau, teacher jailed for raping student, dies

Washington

FILE – In this Feb. 6, 1998, file photo, Mary Kay Letourneau listens to testimony during a court hearing in Seattle Letourneau, who married her former sixth-grade student after she was convicted for raping him, has died. She was 58. Her lawyer David Gehrke told news outlets Letourneau died Tuesday, July 7, 2020, of cancer. The former suburban Seattle teacher was arrested in 1997 after she became pregnant with Vili Fualaau’s child. She later pleaded guilty to second-degree child rape. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool, File)

SEATTLE (AP) – Mary Kay Letourneau, who married her former sixth-grade student after she was convicted for raping him, has died. She was 58. Her lawyer David Gehrke told news outlets Letourneau died Tuesday of cancer.

Letourneau was a former suburban Seattle teacher who became tabloid fodder when she pleaded guilty in 1997 to raping Vili Fualaau, who was 12.

Letourneau and Fualaau married in 2005, in Woodinville, Washington, after she served a 7½-year prison term for child rape. They have two daughters together.

Fualaau filed for a legal separation from Letourneau in 2017.

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