Mary Kay Letourneau, teacher who had affair with 12-year-old student, said she ‘did not know’ it is illegal

Mary Kay Letourneau, shown here with Vili Fualaau in 2006, on her prison sentence.

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Mary Kay Letourneau, the Seattle elementary school teacher who was convicted of raping her sixth grade student, before she eventually married him and had two daughters, said in a new interview she did not know that the love was a crime.

“If someone had told me, if someone had told me, there is a specific law that says that this is a crime,” she said on “Sunday Night” Australia’s Channel Seven. “I did not know. I’ve said this over and over again. Had I known as someone knows my personality. Just the idea, this would count as a crime.”

She also said that she felt “absolutely” wrongfully convicted.

She added that, although Vili Fualaau was 12 years old at the time, 22 years her junior, she claimed that he was “the boss” and continued her, as reported.

Letourneau, now 56, became tabloid fodder when she pleaded guilty in 1997 to child rape. She was 34 years old and married mother of four when her relationship with Fualaau began. The couple married on May 20, 2005, in Woodinville, Washington, after she served more than seven years in prison.

Fualaau asked the court to order a separation of Letourneau in May 2017, but they have reconciled since.

Letourneau told “Sunday Night” she is still in love with her husband.

Their daughters, Audrey, 21, was born after Letourneau’s first arrest, while Georgia, 19, was born in Letourneau jail time, reported.

“It is surprising to people, but it is normal for us because we’ve adapted to it,” Audrey said about their family controversy.

Now a paralegal at the same court, where they faced trial 21 years ago, Letourneau has said that they will be removed from the sex offenders’ register.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor related geopolitical, military, crime, technology, and sports for His e-mail is

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