"I went through a really dark time." 1999: The Letourneaus divorce.All four children from their marriage remain in the sole custody of their father, who moves with them to Alaska.2002: Fualaau sues the Highline School District for negligence for not recognizing the damaging sexual contact between him and his teacher.September 1996: Fualaau enters seventh grade at Cascade Middle School. February 1997: Steve Letourneau discovers love letters between his wife and her student.
Letourneau, now 55, was first paroled in January 1998 — and barred from contacting Fualaau — but she was sent back to prison to serve the rest of her seven-year sentence after the pair were caught together in her car less than a month after her initial release.Plus, he had their two baby daughters to raise, and no one to turn to.He told Walters, "I don't feel like I had the right support or the right help behind me. I mean, my friends couldn't help me because they had no idea what it was like to be a parent, I mean, because we were all 14, 15." Today, despite all their past legal issues, Letourneau, now a legal assistant, and Fualaau, a DJ and employee at a home garden center, unpredictably appear to live very normal lives in Seattle, where it all began, with their teenage daughters.August 7, 1997: Letourneau pleads guilty to child rape in exchange for a three-month jail sentence and probation.King County Superior Court judge Linda Lau approves the plea bargain on condition that Letourneau has no further contact with Fualaau.There aren't a lot of female pedophiles, so when Letourneau was arrested in 1997, the news not only rocked the state of Washington, where it took place, but the rest of the U. I thought that it would and it didn't." She goes on to say that she loved Fualaau very much, adding, "And I kind of thought, ' Why can't it ever just be a kiss?'"For Fualaau, it was also a life-changing event, which got worse when Letourneau was jailed and he wasn't allowed any contact with her.Mary Kay Letourneau's husband and former student Vili Fualaau has filed for legal separation, 20 years after the former teacher was jailed for having sexual relations with her then 12-year-old student, according to court documents.Letourneau, a former teacher in Seattle, Washington, made headlines when she was convicted in 1997 of raping Fualaau and sent to jail while pregnant with her sixth-grade student’s baby.June 1996: Vili is still only 12 when the relationships becomes sexual.June 1996: Police discover Letourneau and Fualaau in a minivan parked at the Des Moines Marina. The two are taken to the police station and later released after claiming there was no improper conduct.