The pupil, 15 and the teacher she ran off with Jeremy Forrest, 30 have been found. Naturally her frantic parents are thrilled and are quoted in many papers saying they cannot wait to be reunited. Meanwhile, Mr Forrest could face charges under child abduction. The girl’s parents will surely hope that now home this will be the end of her ‘relationship’ with Mr Forrest. But, as it’s reported the pair were not planning to return when they were found, is this the end…?
In 30 years of journalism. I’ve covered all sorts of ‘unusual relationship’ stories but the most fascinating that springs to mind is the case of a former school teacher Mary Kay Letourneau who had an affair with her 13 year old pupil – but has now married him and the couple have two children.
Already a mum to two boys and two girls, Letourneau, 35, was a strict catholic, and living in Seattle with her good-looking husband Stephen, when she embarked on her illegal love affair.
The couple first met when Letourneau taught the boy aged eight and even then she confesses she was ‘hauntingly drawn’ to the child.
“There was a bond between us that was instantaneous ,” she explains. “There was a respect, an insight, a spirit, an understanding that grew over time.”
Then, in the summer of 1996 the boy, Vili Fualaau, showed his affection for his teacher by spending his pocket money on a silver ring.
“He pushed the ring on her finger and they stared at eachother for what he described as ‘an eternity’,” says one police insider. “That was when he knew his feelings were sexual.”
Before long the couple were enjoying regular sex and within a few months, when Vili was aged just 12, LeTourneau became pregnant.
Husband Steve, who had not made love with his wife for some months, became suspicious when his wife began showing early signs of pregnancy… then he found some love letters.
“I felt sick,” he remembers. “I went straight round to the boy’s house and asked ‘are you sleeping with my wife?’. When he nodded my world fell apart.”
Mr LeTourneau confided in relatives, told school officials and Letourneau pleaded guilty to second degree child-rape and was jailed for six months. In 1997 she gave birth to a little girl, Audrey while out on probation.
However, when she was released on probation under the conditions that she would not see her young lover and would get counselling, she ran straight back into the arms of the boy and Police discovered the pair together at 3am in a parked car with steamed up windows.
Reports claim she was planning to run way with the boy and their baby – cash, baby clothes and her passport were found in the car – going into hiding until he was old enough to marry. But having violated her probation, a Seattle court then jailed her for 71/2 years.
Incredibly, she found she was expecting another baby and in 1998 while serving time, she gave birth to a second little girl, Georgia Alexis.
But in November 1999 Mary Kay was placed in six months’ solitary confinement after letters she tried to send to Vili were intercepted.
Mary Kay, then aged 42, was not released from prison until 2004 but by then Vili, then aged 21, had filed to get the court order of no contact between them reversed. The pair, at last reunited, wasted no time in getting married – and in May 2005, having become a media sensation – exclusive access to the wedding was granted to a TV show reportedly selling for a six figure sum.
The couple’s affair scandalised America. Mary Kay Letourneau’s family and friends were stunned by her actions. After all, she was seen as the typical ‘all American girl’.
During an interview Vili 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.”
Meanwhile Mary Kay is quoted as saying: “He dominated me in the most masculine way that any man, any leader, could do. I trusted him and believed in him and in our future.”
The couple have since gone on to have a book published and most recently their story was turned into a movie – That’s My Boy. Both daughters live with them and while Vili works as a DJ, Mary Kay is a paralegal.
Read More: The story of Mary Kay Letourneau – Wikipedia