Last night Mary Kay Letourneau - the Seattle teacher convicted of two counts of felony second degree rape of a child - and her former student/victim/now husband,Vili Fualaau, sat down with Barbara Walters to detail their ten year marriage.
The couple married in 2004, after Letourneau served two prison sentences equaling about eight years. During that time, Letourneau gave birth to two children, both Fualaau’s who are now teenagers, they appeared with their parents during the interview.
Their two teenage girls, who are in the same school district where Mary used to teach, said their parents have told them how they met, and they knew their mother was different from others when their interaction was limited to prison visits. But the girls seem unfazed by the controversial circumstances of how their family was formed.
“There was never a sit-down chat: ‘Now is the time we’re going to talk to our children about this,” Mary said. “They seemed to already know ... because they grew up with it. ... There’s just never been a, ‘Wow, we better explain.’”
Fualaau and Letourneau also spoke about their lives post-marriage: from the challenges of stepchildren (Letourneau has four children from her first marriage) to work and “getting on track with life.”
Fualaau works as a DJ, and then there’s this:
Mary is working as a legal assistant but hopes she can return to teaching. Her teaching license was revoked during the scandal, but she has now started tutoring and giving piano lessons. She is still registered as a sex offender, but is trying to get her name removed from the registry.
You can watch the entire interview here.
Photo via Heidi Gutman/ABC