National teacher sex scandal ends in divorce

After twelve years of marriage, Vili Fualaau, who was in sixth grade when he began a sexual affair with his teacher, Mary Kay Letourneau, has filed for legal separation.

According to court documents filed in King County, Washington, Fualaau, 33, requested to legally separate from his 55-year-old wife on May 9.

Letourneau, who was 34 and married with four children when she started sleeping with her young student, served a 7-year sentence in prison after she was convicted of second-degree child rape charges in 1997. Fualaau was just 13, and she was pregnant with their first child at the time.

Paroled after serving six-months in jail, Letourneau agreed not to have further contact with Fualaau, but shortly after her release, she was returned to prison when she was caught with the boy again. She pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree child rape and gave birth to their second child while she was incarcerated in 1997 for violating parole.

In an interview with Barbara Walters two years ago, Fualaau said that having children changed his life, and it wasn’t for the better. He dropped out of high school, and his mother took custody of his two daughters while Letourneau was in jail.

“It was a huge change in my life for sure, I don’t feel like I had the right support or the right help behind me,” Fualaau told Walters, admitting to bouts of depression and alcoholism. “My friends couldn’t help me because they had no idea what it was like to be a parent because we were all 14, 15.”

Fualaau added, “There’s this hopelessness, like nobody understands you, you can’t talk to anyone. I wish I’d had a little better guidance through everything … I don’t have a father. My mother is busy too.. no one knew how to deal with it, and I didn’t know how to deal with it myself.”

He also came out against May/December romances. “I don’t support younger kids being married or having a relationship with someone older,” Fualaau said, noting that he tells his own teenaged daughters this. “I don’t support it.”

His advice was prescient: “The reason for me telling them that was just from, out of experience. A relationship could lead to something that you think you wanted back then. You don’t really want it, maybe, years later.”

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