Mary Katherine Letourneau was an American teacher who pleaded guilty in 1997 to two counts of felony second-degree rape of a child. The child was named Vili Fualaau, and he was in the sixth grade at an elementary school in Burien, Washington, when the first sexual encounter happened. He was only 12 years old at the time.
Mary gave birth to Fualaau’s child while she was waiting for her sentence. The state wanted her to go to prison for six and a half years, but she made a deal to go to jail for six months, with three months suspended, and to have no contact with Fualaau for the rest of her life. The case was talked about all over the country.
Letourneau was supposed to have no contact with Fualaau, who was 21 at the time, when she got out of prison for the second time. He fought against the order, and he and she ended up getting married. Both of them disagreed that their relationship was mutually agreed upon.
Letourneau and Fualaau got married in May 2005, and they stayed together for 14 years before splitting up in 2019.
Mary Kay And Vili Never Disclosed The Reason Of Their Divorce
Neither Letourneau nor Fualaau would say why they broke up, but a source told PEOPLE that by the time Letourneau was 57 and Fualaau was 35, “The intimacy was gone” and they started to sleep in different rooms. They added, “That doesn’t mean they didn’t love each other, but it wasn’t what it used to be.” The source says they have known Letourneau “for years” and that their marriage “started to get worse” years before they decided to split up.
The source told People, “For years, there was hope that it would work. There was hope until it was clear that the hope had gone away.”
In a later interview with PEOPLE, Letourneau’s lawyer and friend, David Gehrke, said that Fualaau was the one who wanted to get a divorce. “Vili was the one who filed a petition for a divorce,” said Gehrke. A source says, “[Letourneau] tried very hard. You have to remember that she gave up a lot to be with him. The idea of throwing it all away now is terrible to her. But it takes two to make things work, and I don’t think they have it in them anymore.”
Letourneau, 58, died “suddenly” in her home in De Moines, Washington, after fighting Stage 4 colon cancer for several months. CNN says that her family was with her in her last hours, including Fualaau, who “gave her 24-hour car service for the last month of her life.”
Where Is Vili Fualaau’s After Mary Kay Letourneau’s Death
Soon after Letourneau died in 2020, Vili Fualaau went on the Dr. Oz Show and talked about his former marriage. He said that if he ever found himself following in his ex-footsteps, wife’s he would “probably go and get some help.” He is said to have said,
“I could never be interested in a 13-year-old because it’s just not in my brain. I don’t like anything about it. I mean, everyone has their own tastes, and that’s not something I would choose.”
Since Mary Kay’s death, Fualaau has mostly kept his life out of the public eye. However, reports say that he used to work as a DJ in Seattle. He was reportedly arrested for driving while drunk in September 2021.
Reports also say that he was arrested at the Snohomish County Jail after failing the breathalyzer and field sobriety tests. Fualaau was fired the day after the incident, and the DUI charges were also dropped in the end.