Mary Kay Letourneau

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Mary Kay Letourneau
BornMary Katherine Schmitz
(1962-01-30) January 30, 1962 (age 51)
Tustin, California, U.S.
Other namesMary Kay Fualaau
Spouse(s)Steve Letourneau (1984–1999) (divorced)
Vili Fualaau (2005–present)
Children6
ParentsJohn G. Schmitz and Mary E. Schmitz (née Suehr)
RelativesJohn P. Schmitz and Joseph E. Schmitz (brothers), four other siblings and two half-siblings
 
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Mary Kay Letourneau
BornMary Katherine Schmitz
(1962-01-30) January 30, 1962 (age 51)
Tustin, California, U.S.
Other namesMary Kay Fualaau
Spouse(s)Steve Letourneau (1984–1999) (divorced)
Vili Fualaau (2005–present)
Children6
ParentsJohn G. Schmitz and Mary E. Schmitz (née Suehr)
RelativesJohn P. Schmitz and Joseph E. Schmitz (brothers), four other siblings and two half-siblings

Mary Kay Letourneau (née Schmitz; born January 30, 1962) is an American schoolteacher who was imprisoned from 1997 to 2004 for the statutory rape of her 12-year-old student, Vili Fualaau. She gave birth to two of Fualaau's children while incarcerated. After her release from prison in 2004, Letourneau married Fualaau and took his name.[1][2][3]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Letourneau was born Mary Katherine Schmitz in Tustin, California, to university professor (and later presidential candidate) John G. Schmitz and chemist Mary Schmitz.[4][5] She was known as Mary Kay to her family and called "Cake" by her father.[6] She was the fourth of seven children, raised in a "strict Catholic household."[6][7] When she was 2 years old, her father began his political career and successfully ran as a Republican for a seat in the state legislature.[7] He held positions as a California state senator and U.S. Congressman and, after changing parties, he ran for president as an American Independent Party candidate in the 1972 U.S. presidential election.[8][9]

In 1973, Letourneau's 3-year-old brother drowned in the family pool at their home in the Spyglass Hill section of Corona del Mar, California.[8] In 1982, her father's political career was severely damaged when it was revealed that he had fathered two children out of wedlock during an affair with a former student at Santa Ana College, where he had taught political science, .[10] Her father's affair caused her parents to separate, but they later reconciled. According to friends Mary Kay felt betrayed and thought her mother was a cold person who "drove him to it" by denying her father affection.[11][12]

Letourneau attended Cornelia Connelly High School, an all-girls Catholic school in Anaheim, California, where she was a member of the cheerleading squad for Servite High School. During her high school years, she is reported to have "liked parties, boys, and traveling."[13] She was also a student at Arizona State University, where it was claimed she was a "party-animal."[13]

First marriage[edit]

While attending Arizona State University, Letourneau, then Schmitz, met and married fellow student Steve Letourneau. They had four children, the first, Steven Jr., conceived while she was enrolled at Arizona State University.[citation needed] Letourneau says she was not in love with Steve Letourneau and married him after being urged by her parents. Letourneau and her husband left the university[14] and moved to Anchorage, Alaska.[15] After a year in Alaska, her husband was transferred to Seattle and Letourneau gave birth to her second child (Mary Claire). Letourneau attended night classes at Seattle University and graduated in 1989. Later she began teaching second grade at Shorewood Elementary School in the Seattle suburb of Burien, Washington.

Letourneau's marriage reportedly suffered from financial problems and extramarital affairs by both partners.[15] Letourneau's attorney, former neighbor and friend, David Gehrke, says that she was "emotionally and physically abused by her husband" during the marriage and twice "went to the hospital for treatment, and police were called," although no charges were ever filed. Letourneau gave birth to two more children, her son Nicholas and daughter Jacqueline.[16] In May 1999, while incarcerated for child rape, Mary Kay divorced Steve Letourneau and surrendered custody of her four children.[17]

Crime, trial and conviction[edit]

Letourneau first met Vili Fualaau when he was a student in her second-grade class at Shorewood Elementary School in Burien, Washington;[18] she later taught a sixth-grade class in which Fualaau was a student. In 1996, her relationship with 12-year-old student Fualaau transformed from friendship into flirtation and sex.[19] Letourneau was arrested in March 1997 after a relative of her husband, Steve Letourneau, notified the police.[20][21] Her first daughter with Fualaau, Audrey, was born in May 1997 while Letourneau was out of jail on bail.

During the trial, she was examined and diagnosed with manic depression.[8] Letourneau pled guilty and was convicted of two counts of second-degree child rape. She was sentenced to six months in the county jail and three years of sex offender treatment.[22] At that time she was not required to register as a sex offender.[22] As part of her plea bargain, Letourneau agreed to avoid any further contact with Fualaau.[22]

On February 3, 1998,[23] Letourneau had sexual relations with Fualaau in her car[24] and at 35 became pregnant with Fualaau's child.[18] She was arrested for violating the terms of her probation and the police found $6,200 in cash, baby clothes, and her passport inside her car.[24] As a result, Letourneau was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in state prison.[24]

In October 1998, while serving her sentence, Letourneau gave birth to her second daughter by Fualaau.[20] In January, 2001, Letourneau's father died, and she was denied a release from prison to attend his funeral.[25] While in prison Letourneau tutored fellow inmates, created audio books for blind readers, participated in the prison choir and "rarely missed Mass."[20] Because of her celebrity status, Letourneau was unpopular with other inmates, "sassed guards and balked at work" and, reportedly as punishment for this, spent "18 of her first 24 months" in solitary confinement.[20]

In 2002, Fualaau's family sued the Highline School District and the city of Des Moines, Washington, for emotional suffering, lost wages, and the costs of rearing his two children, claiming the school and the Des Moines Police Department had failed to protect him from Letourneau.[26] During the ten-week trial, defense attorneys Anne Bremner, representing the Des Moines Police Department, and Michael Patterson, representing the Highline School District, prevailed and no damages were awarded.[27]

Letourneau was released on a community placement program on August 4, 2004 and the following day she registered with the King County Sheriff's Office as a Level 2 sex offender.[19]

After prison[edit]

After Letourneau's release from prison in 2004, Fualaau, then age 21, filed a motion in court, requesting a reversal of the no-contact order against Letourneau.[19] A few days later the request was granted.[28] Letourneau and Fualaau were married on May 20, 2005 in the city of Woodinville, Washington in a ceremony at the Columbia Winery.[3] Exclusive access to the wedding was given to the television show, Entertainment Tonight[3] and photographs were released through other media outlets. Letourneau has said that she would like to have another child and return to the teaching profession[29] and indicated that by law she is permitted to teach at private schools and community colleges.[29]

Letourneau and her husband were the DJ and hosts for three "Hot for Teacher Night" promotions at a Seattle night club.[30][31][32][33] During an Inside Edition interview Fualaau said, "I'm not a victim. I'm not ashamed of being a father. I'm not ashamed of being in love with Mary Kay."[34] Attorney Anne Bremner, who met Letourneau in 2002 during Fualaau's civil suit, said that Letourneau considered her affair with Fualaau to be "eternal and endless." According to Bremner, "Nothing could have kept the two of them apart."[19] Letourneau and Fualaau co-authored a book about their relationship in 1999, which was published in France with the title Only One Crime, Love (French: Un seul crime, l'amour). It has never been published in the United States.

In popular culture[edit]

Letourneau's story is recounted in the 2000 TV movie All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story, that starred Penelope Ann Miller in the title role.

Personal life[edit]

Letourneau's brother John Patrick Schmitz was the deputy counsel to President George H. W. Bush.[9] Another brother, Joseph E. Schmitz, was Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Defense under George W. Bush.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2163186/Mary-Kay-Letourneaus-teen-lover-turned-husband-Adam-Sandlers-movie-us.html
  2. ^ Wilson, Kimberly A.C. (March 18, 1999). "Letourneau may be transferred to out-of-state prison". Local. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "Letourneau marries Fualaau amid media circus". Local. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. May 21, 2005. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ "California Births, 1905 - 1995". Family Tree Legends Records Collection (Online Database). Pearl Street Software. 2005. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  5. ^ Warrick, Pamela. "The Fall from Spyglass Hill." Los Angeles Times. 29-04-1998. Retrieved 22-10-2009. Page 4. [1]
  6. ^ a b "Mary Kay Letourneau's father dies". Local. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. January 12, 2001. Retrieved May 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Noe, Denise. Mary Kay Letourneau: The Romance that was a Crime. From chapter entitled "The Politician's Family." [2] Entire work available at truTV.com website, as part of its "Crime Library."
  8. ^ a b c Warrick, Pamela. "The Fall from Spyglass Hill." Los Angeles Times. 29-04-1998. Retrieved 22-10-2009. Page 3. [3]
  9. ^ a b Washington Post, Conservative GOP Congressman
  10. ^ Spin Magazine, June 1998, p 124
  11. ^ Noe, Denise. Mary Kay Letourneau: The Romance that was a Crime. From chapter entitled "Scandal of the Second Family." [4] Entire work available at truTV.com website, as part of its "Crime Library."
  12. ^ Warrick, Pamela. "The Fall from Spyglass Hill." Los Angeles Times. 29-04-1998. Retrieved 22-10-2009. Page 4. [5]
  13. ^ a b Noe, Denise. Mary Kay Letourneau: The Romance that was a Crime. From chapter entitled "The Politician's Family." [6]
  14. ^ Noe, Denise. Mary Kay Letourneau: The Romance that was a Crime. From chapter entitled "Marrying Mr. Right Now." [7]
  15. ^ a b Noe, Denise. Mary Kay Letourneau: The Romance that was a Crime. From chapter entitled "Marrying Mr. Right Now." [8] Entire work available at truTV.com website, as part of its "Crime Library."
  16. ^ Warrick, Pamela. "The Fall from Spyglass Hill." Los Angeles Times. 29-04-1998. Retrieved 22-10-2009. Page 3. [9]
  17. ^ Candy Hatcher, Letourneau can profit from story, appeals court rules [10]Seattle Post-IntelligencerApril 19, 2000
  18. ^ a b Gartner, Richard B. (1999). "Encoding Sexual Abuse as Sexual Initiation". Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men (Google Book Search). New York: Guilford Press. p. 45. ISBN 978-1-57230-644-8. LCCN 9855694. OCLC 317520944. Retrieved May 12, 2009. 
  19. ^ a b c d Skolnik, Sam; Vanessa Ho (August 5, 2004). "Letourneau registers as sex offender". Local. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  20. ^ a b c d Jerome Richard July 26, 2004, Together Again? People (magazine)
  21. ^ Morales, Tatiana (August 3, 2004). "What's Next For LeTourneau?". The Early Show. Retrieved June 1, 2009. 
  22. ^ a b c "HeinOnline". HeinOnline. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  23. ^ Noe, Denise. "Mary K. Letourneau Facts of the Case, Chapter 8: The Deal Goes Dude". TruTV. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  24. ^ a b c Spin Magazine, June 1998, p 124-125
  25. ^ "Mary K. Letourneau's father dies; she won't get to attend funeral". Local. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. January 11, 2001. Retrieved May 12, 2009. 
  26. ^ Johnson, Tracy (March 22, 2002). "Fualaau's suit says he wasn't protected from Letourneau". Local. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  27. ^ Skolnik, Sam (May 21, 2002). "Schools, police absolved in Fualaau case". Local. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  28. ^ "Letourneau now allowed to see former student". Local. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. August 7, 2004. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  29. ^ a b "Letourneau and Fualaau, one year later". Dateline NBC. June 2, 2006. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  30. ^ Mary Kay latest update, NY Issues.com
  31. ^ Mary Kay Hosts, Fox News
  32. ^ "Letourneau, young spouse to host "Hot for Teacher" night". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. May 21, 2009. Retrieved June 7, 2009. 
  33. ^ McNerthney, Casey (May 24, 2009). "Inside the Mary Kay Letourneau "Hot For Teacher" night". The Big Blog. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved June 7, 2009. 
  34. ^ CBS News: What's Next for LeTuorneau?

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