Mary Kay Letourneau

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Mary Kay Letourneau
Born Mary Katherine Schmitz
(1962-01-30) January 30, 1962 (age 53)
Tustin, California, U.S.
Other names Mary Kay Letourneau
Spouse(s) Steve Letourneau (1984–1999) (divorced)
Vili Fualaau (2005–present)
Children 6
Parent(s) John G. Schmitz and Mary E. Schmitz (née Suehr)
Relatives John P. Schmitz and Joseph E. Schmitz (brothers), four other siblings and two half-siblings

Mary Kay Fualaau (née Schmitz, formerly Mary Kay Letourneau; born January 30, 1962) is a former schoolteacher who pleaded guilty to two counts of felony second degree rape of a child, her 12-year-old student, Vili Fualaau. Her plea agreement called for six months in jail, with three months suspended, and no contact with Fualaau for life.

One month after her release from jail, she was caught by police with Fualaau. Judge Linda Lau found that she was in violation of the conditions of the plea agreement, vacated it and re-sentenced her to seven years in prison. She was incarcerated from 1998 to 2004.

Before her first arrest, she was impregnated by Fualaau and gave birth to their daughter Audrey while out on bail. She was impregnated by Fualaau a second time shortly after being released from jail in 1998 and gave birth to daughter Georgia while in prison.

After her release in 2004, since he was over 18, Fualaau asked the court that the no-contact order be revoked, and the court agreed. Letourneau and Fualaau married in 2005, and she took his name.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

She was born Mary Katherine Schmitz in Tustin, California, the daughter of Mary E. (née Suehr), a chemist, and John G. Schmitz, a university professor.[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 two 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 winning a special election for an unexpired term in 1970 and the general election later that year. After a primary defeat in 1972, he changed parties and ran for president as an ultra-conservative American Independent Party candidate in the 1972 U.S. presidential election.[8][9]

In 1973, her three-year-old brother drowned in the family pool at their home in the Spyglass Hill section of Corona del Mar, California.[8]

She 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."[10] She was also a student at Arizona State University, where it was claimed she was a "party-animal."[10]

In 1978, her father was elected once again as a Republican to the California state senate. He intended to run for the U.S. Senate in 1982, but his political career was permanently damaged that year 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.[11] 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.[12][13]

Her brother, John Patrick Schmitz, was the deputy counsel to President George H. W. Bush.[9] Her other brother, Joseph E. Schmitz, was Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Defense under George W. Bush.[14]

First marriage[edit]

While attending Arizona State University, Mary Kay Schmitz met and married fellow student Steve Letourneau. They had four children. Their first child was conceived while she was enrolled at Arizona State University.[citation needed] She says she was not in love with Steve and married him after being urged to by her parents. The couple left the university[15] and moved to Anchorage, Alaska.[16] After a year in Alaska, her husband was transferred to Seattle, Washington and she gave birth to their second child. Her husband attended night classes at Seattle University and graduated in 1989. Later, Mary Kay began teaching second grade at Shorewood Elementary School in the Seattle suburb of Burien, Washington.

The Letourneaus' marriage reportedly suffered from financial problems and extramarital affairs by both husband and wife.[16] Her attorney, former neighbor and friend David Gehrke said 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. She gave birth to two more children.[17] While incarcerated for child rape in May 1999, she divorced her husband and he gained custody of their four children.[18]

Crime, trial and conviction[edit]

Vili Fualaau was one of the students in Letourneau's second-grade class at Shorewood Elementary School in Burien, Washington.[19] She later taught a sixth-grade class in which Fualaau was also a student. In 1996, when she was 34, her relationship with the 12-year-old Fualaau turned from friendship, to flirtation. In the summer of that year, their relationship became sexual.[20] Letourneau was arrested in March 1997 after a relative of her husband, Steve Letourneau, complained to the police.[21][22] Her first child with Fualaau, a daughter, was born in May 1997 while Letourneau awaited the conclusion of her trial.[citation needed]

During the trial, Letourneau was examined and diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[8] She pleaded guilty and was convicted of two counts of second-degree child rape. She was sentenced to six months (three of them were suspended) in the county jail and three years of sex offender treatment.[23] At that time, she was not required to register as a sex offender, and, as long as she complied with the terms of her plea agreement, she would not be required to serve any additional time in jail.[23] As part of her plea bargain, Letourneau agreed to avoid any further contact with Fualaau.[23]

On February 3, 1998,[24] Two weeks after completing her jail sentence, Letourneau was found having sexual relations with Fualaau in her car[25] and was impregnated a second time by Fualaau.[19] She was arrested and police found $6,200 in cash, baby clothes, and her passport inside the car.[25] Letourneau was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in state prison for violating the terms of her probation.[25]

In October 1998, while serving her sentence, Letourneau gave birth to her second daughter by Fualaau.[21] That year, Letourneau and Fualaau co-authored a book, which was published in France, called Only One Crime, Love (French: Un seul crime, l'amour).[21] During her imprisonment, Letourneau was allowed visits from her children but was denied permission to attend her father's funeral.[26] While in prison Letourneau tutored fellow inmates, created audio books for blind readers, participated in the prison choir and "rarely missed Mass."[21] 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.[21]

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.[27] 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.[28]

Letourneau was released to 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.[20]

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.[20] A few days later the request was granted.[29] 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 said she planned to have another child and return to the teaching profession[30] and indicated that by law she was permitted to teach at private schools and community colleges.[30]

Letourneau and her husband were the DJ and hosts for three "Hot for Teacher Night" promotions at a Seattle night club.[31][32][33][34] 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."[35] 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."[20]

Letourneau was arrested in Tukwila, Washington, a Seattle suburb in King County, on January 4, 2014 on a failure to appear warrant after being arrested for driving without a license.[36][37][38][39]

Popular culture[edit]

Letourneau's story was recounted in the 2000 TV movie All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story.

In the 2001 Gilmore Girls episode "P.S. I Lo...," Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and her daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) are playing a game called "1-2-3 He's Yours," where Rory points out marriage prospects for her mom. When Lorelai rejects a passing young man on a skateboard and Rory asks why, Lorelai replies, "Because I'm not Mary Kay Letourneau." [40]

In the Gossip Girl episode "Carrnal Knowledge," Blair vindictively accuses her teacher, Ms. Carr, of having an affair with a student. Blair sends a tip to Gossip Girl that reads, "Lonely Boy and Ms. Carr? Mary Kay Letourneau alert!"[41]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ James Nye1 (2012-06-22). "Mary Kay Letourneau's teen lover-turned-husband: Adam Sandler's movie is about us! | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  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. [dead link]
  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 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. ^ a b Noe, Denise. Mary Kay Letourneau: The Romance that was a Crime. From chapter entitled "The Politician's Family." [4]
  11. ^ Spin Magazine, June 1998, p 124
  12. ^ Noe, Denise. Mary Kay Letourneau: The Romance that was a Crime. From chapter entitled "Scandal of the Second Family." [5] Entire work available at website, as part of its "Crime Library."
  13. ^ Warrick, Pamela. "The Fall from Spyglass Hill." Los Angeles Times. 29-04-1998. Retrieved 22-10-2009. Page 4. [6]
  14. ^ Staff Writer. "Joseph E. Schmitz". NNDB. NNDB. 
  15. ^ Noe, Denise. Mary Kay Letourneau: The Romance that was a Crime. From chapter entitled "Marrying Mr. Right Now." [7]
  16. ^ 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 website, as part of its "Crime Library."
  17. ^ Warrick, Pamela. "The Fall from Spyglass Hill." Los Angeles Times. 29-04-1998. Retrieved 22-10-2009. Page 3. [9]
  18. ^ Candy Hatcher, Letourneau can profit from story, appeals court rules [10]Seattle Post-IntelligencerApril 19, 2000
  19. ^ 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 98055694. OCLC 317520944. Retrieved May 12, 2009. 
  20. ^ a b c d Skolnik, Sam; Vanessa Ho (August 5, 2004). "Letourneau registers as sex offender". Local (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  21. ^ a b c d e Jerome Richard July 26, 2004, Together Again? People (magazine)
  22. ^ Morales, Tatiana (August 3, 2004). "What's Next For LeTourneau?". The Early Show. Retrieved June 1, 2009. 
  23. ^ a b c "HeinOnline". HeinOnline. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  24. ^ Noe, Denise. "Mary K. Letourneau Facts of the Case, Chapter 8: The Deal Goes Dude". TruTV. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  25. ^ a b c Spin Magazine, June 1998, p 124-125
  26. ^ "Mary K. Letourneau's father dies; she won't get to attend funeral". Local (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). January 11, 2001. Retrieved May 12, 2009. [dead link]
  27. ^ Johnson, Tracy (March 22, 2002). "Fualaau's suit says he wasn't protected from Letourneau". Local (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  28. ^ Skolnik, Sam (May 21, 2002). "Schools, police absolved in Fualaau case". Local (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  29. ^ "Letourneau now allowed to see former student". Local (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). August 7, 2004. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  30. ^ a b "Letourneau and Fualaau, one year later". Dateline NBC. June 2, 2006. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  31. ^ Mary Kay latest update, NY
  32. ^ Mary Kay Hosts, Fox News
  33. ^ "Letourneau, young spouse to host "Hot for Teacher" night". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. May 21, 2009. Retrieved June 7, 2009. 
  34. ^ McNerthney, Casey (May 24, 2009). "Inside the Mary Kay Letourneau "Hot For Teacher" night". The Big Blog (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Retrieved June 7, 2009. 
  35. ^ CBS News: What's Next for LeTuorneau?
  36. ^ Sullivan, Jennifer (2013-01-04). "Mary K. Letourneau arrested on warrant Monday morning | The Today File | Seattle Times". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  37. ^ "Mary Kay Letourneau jailed again". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  38. ^ "Former teacher Mary Kay Letourneau arrested in Tukwila - Local". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  39. ^ "Mary Kay Letourneau in jail again | Q13 FOX News". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  40. ^ "P.S. I Lo...." Gilmore Girls. The WB. 3 May 2001. Television.
  41. ^ "Carrnal Knowledge." Gossip Girl. The CW. 2 Feb. 2009. Television.

Further reading[edit]

  • Letourneau, Mary Kay; Vili Fualaau (1999). Un seul crime, l'amour (Only one crime, love). Paris, France: Robert Laffont. ISBN 2-221-08812-3. 
  • McElroy, W. (2004). No panic over school child abuse. Commentary: The Independent Institute. (Request reprint).
  • Olsen, Gregg (1999). If Loving You is Wrong. New York, NY: St. Martins: True Crime. ISBN 978-1481049016. 
  • Robinson, J. (2001). The Mary Kay Letourneau Affair. Overland Park, KS: Leathers Publishing. ISBN 978-1585970582. 
  • Dress, C. (2004). Mass With Mary: The Prison Years. Trafford, BC, Canada: Trafford Publishing. ISBN 978-1412037730. 

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