Former Seattle teacher, Mary Kay Letourneau, passed away at the age of 58. LeTourneau, convicted in 1997 for raping a 12-year-old student, died from cancer on Tuesday. According to her attorney, David Gehrke, she suffered from cancer for nine months before passing, Q13 Fox reports.
During her August 1997 trial, Letourneau pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree rape of a student who was 13 at the time. She was married with four children at the time and was 34 years old.
After serving a seven-year prison sentence, she later married the student, Vili Fualaau, in 2005. They stayed married for 12 years before legally separating in 2017. They had two children together.
Gehrke says Letourneau knew her actions were wrong both professionally and morally. However, Gehrke claims that she took the risk due to her bipolar depression, diagnosed as “hypomania.”
The authorities became aware of their relationship in June 1996. Police discovered the two in a minivan at about 1:20 a.m. Letourneau told the officers that Fualaau was 18. However, the officers remained suspicious. She also claimed that she was babysitting Fualaau and took him away from her home after fighting with her husband.
The two denied any “touching” at the time. However, two months after the incident, Letourneau became pregnant with her and Fualaau’s first child, according to Fox News.
Fualaau and Letourneau wrote a book together about their story titled “Un Seul Crime, L’Amour,” or “Only One Crime, Love.” USA Network made a movie of the subject called “All American Girl.”