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Encyclopedia > Mary Kay Letourneau
Letourneau's photo from the Washington State Sex Offender Information Center, taken upon her release from prison, August 4, 2004.

Mary Kay Letourneau (born January 30, 1962(1962-01-30), former married name Mary Kay Letourneau; birth name Mary Katherine Schmitz) is a former schoolteacher known for having a sexual relationship, and two children, with her underage pupil. She was convicted of statutory rape and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Background

Mary Kay's father was John G. Schmitz, a Roman Catholic U.S. Congressman from Orange County, California and a professor at Santa Ana College. He was generally considered one of the more conservative members of the House, and ran for President of the United States in 1972 on the conservative American Independent Party ticket. John George Schmitz (August 12, 1930–January 10, 2001) was an ultraconservative Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Orange County, California, prominent member of the John Birch Society, and the American Independent Party candidate for President of the United States in 1972. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. ... Cities in Orange County Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. ... This article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ... The presidential seal is a well-known symbol of the presidency. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The American Independent Party is a California political party. ...


Her mother Mary Schmitz was a homemaker and anti-feminist activist. Mary Kay is one of seven children born to John and Mary, and she has two half-siblings that were the result of a longtime affair between her father and his mistress. One of her brothers served as White House counsel in the George H. W. Bush administration. Another, Joseph E. Schmitz, was appointed Inspector General of the Department of Defense by George W. Bush. Mary Kay Schmitz married Steve Letourneau on June 30, 1984. The couple had two daughters and two sons together. Two homemakers. ... George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) was the 41st President of the United States, serving from 1989 to 1993. ... Joseph Edward Schmitz is a conservative lawyer, former Inspector General of the Department of Defense and executive with Blackwater USA, a private contractor providing security services to the U.S. military. ... Inspector General is a fact finding officer whose responsibility is to investigate charges of corruption, fraud, waste and abuse and other complaints regarding government officials. ... The United States Department of Defense, abbreviated DoD or DOD and sometimes called the Defense Department, is a civilian Cabinet organization of the United States government. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ...


The teacher-student relationship

Letourneau first met Vili Fualaau (born June 26, 1983) when he was a student in her second grade class at Shorewood Elementary School in Burien, Washington. He was eight years old; she was 29. She was his teacher again in the sixth grade, and she had sex with him during the summer of 1996, when he was 13. Her husband became aware of the situation and revealed it to family members when he read their letters to each other in February 1997. His cousin reported the relationship to local child protection services. Vili Fualaau (born June 26, 1983), of Samoan-American descent became famous when at the age of 13 he repeatedly gave simple consent to sexual intercourse with his then-33-year-old teacher Mary Kay Letourneau. ... is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Burien is a city in King County, Washington, USA. The population was 31,881 at the 2000 census. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ...


Legal matters

On February 26, 1997, Letourneau was arrested for statutory rape, called "child rape" in Washington. Four months later, she gave birth to Fualaau's daughter, Audrey Lokelani. On August 7, 1997, she pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree statutory rape. She was sentenced to 89 months in prison by Judge Linda Lau. is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 219th day of the year (220th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ...


The prison term was suspended and she was sentenced to serve six months in county jail and enroll in a three-year sexual deviancy treatment program. She was released from jail early (January 1, 1998) for good behavior, and as a condition was forbidden to see Fualaau; however, on February 3, 1998, police discovered Letourneau in a car with Fualaau and arrested her for violating the conditions of her suspended sentence. She had also failed to comply with her sexual deviancy treatment program. In the car police found $6,500 in cash, baby clothes, and a passport, indicating that she planned to leave the country. The original sentence of seven and a half years was reimposed. A county jail is a place of detention for people awaiting trial, or for those who have been convicted of a misdemeanor and are serving a sentence of less than one year. ... Deviant redirects here. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


In March, 1998, prison officials discovered that Letourneau was pregnant with another child by Fualaau. Letourneau and Fualaau's second daughter, Alexis Georgia, was born in Tacoma on October 16, 1998. Hours after the birth, Mary Kay Letourneau was returned to prison. In November, 1999 Letourneau was detained in solitary confinement for six months because she smuggled letters to Vili out of the prison. In January, 2001, Letourneau's father died. She asked to attend his funeral, but her request was denied. October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


Letourneau and her husband Steve were divorced while she was in prison in May, 1999, and Steve was given custody of their four children. He remarried and moved the family to Alaska. Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Official language(s) English[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ...


In 2000, 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 had failed to protect him from Letourneau.[1] The jury ruled against them and no damages were awarded. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Des Moines Flag Des Moines is a city located in King County, Washington, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 29,267. ...


Life after prison

Letourneau was released on parole on August 4, 2004. Two days later, Fualaau, who was by then 21, applied to the court to lift the no-contact order; the request was granted. Letourneau and Fualaau were married on May 20, 2005 in the Seattle suburb of Woodinville at Columbia Winery. Access to the ceremony was strictly controlled by the television show Entertainment Tonight, which paid for exclusive access. The former Mary Kay Letourneau now goes by the name Mary Fualaau. It has been suggested that Medical parole be merged into this article or section. ... is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... May 20 is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Woodinville is a city located in King County, Washington. ... Columbia Winery is a Washington state winery located in Woodinville, Washington. ... Entertainment Tonight is a daily television entertainment news show that is syndicated by CBS Paramount Domestic Television throughout the United States, Canada, on the Nine Network in Australia and on UBC Inside in Thailand. ...


References

  • 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. 
  • Robinson, J. (2001). The Mary Kay Letourneau Affair. Overland Park, KS: Leathers Publishing. 
  • Dress, C. (2004). Mass With Mary: The Prison Years. Trafford, BC, Canada: Trafford Publishing. 

Filmography

  • All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story, a 2000 TV movie starring Penelope Ann Miller in the title role
  • Mary Kay Latourneau: Forbidden Desire - a Court TV documentary
  • "Mary Kay Letourneau: The E! True Hollywood Story" - an E! THS episode
  • "Mary Kay Letourneau: Out of Bounds" - an A&E Biography episode

2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A television movie (also TV movie, TV-movie, made-for-TV movie, etc. ... Penelope Ann Miller (January 13, 1964) is an American actress. ... For the Canadian channel, see CourtTV Canada The Courtroom Television Network, more commonly known as Court TV, is an American cable television network owned by Time Warner that launched on July 1, 1991. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... E! True Hollywood Story is a TV documentary series on the E! Entertainment Television cable and DBS channel that deals with famous Hollywood celebrities, movies, TV shows and well-known public figures. ... Biography is one of A&Es longest-running and most popular programs. ...

Sound tracks

Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule wrote a song about Letourneau, "Mary Kay", appearing on her album Pink Pearl. Jill Sobule and Lloyd Cole during a concert in Seattle Jill Sobule (born January 16, 1961 in Denver, Colorado) is an American singer-songwriter best known for the controversial 1995 song I Kissed a Girl, and for Supermodel from the soundtrack of the hit 1995 film Clueless. ...


See also

Sexual harassment in education is unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that interferes with a student’s ability to learn, study, work or participate in school activities. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Child sexual abuse is an umbrella term describing criminal and civil offenses in which an adult engages in sexual activity with a minor or exploits a minor for the purpose of sexual gratification. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

External links

  • Mary Kay Letourneau at the Internet Movie Database
  • [1] Mary Kay Letourneau Sex Offender Profile
  • [2] Seduced in the Classroom
  • [3] Double Standard: The Bias Against Male Victims of Sexual Abuse
  • [4] Inside the Mind of a Female Sex Offender
  • [5] Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature
  • [6] Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct, & Exploitation (SESAME)
  • [7] Crime Library studies of the case

 
 

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