(May 20, 2005 - present) 2 children
daughter Audrey Lokelani Fualaau on May 23, 1997
daughter Georgia Alexis Fualaau on October 16, 1998
Mary Kay first met Vili Fualaau when he was a student in her second-grade class at Shorewood Elementary School in Burien, Washington; she later taught a sixth-grade class in which Fualaau was a student. In 1996, her relationship with 12-year-old student Fualaau turned from friendship, to flirtation, and then sexual. Letourneau was arrested in March 1997 after a relative of her husband, Steve Letourneau, notified the police. Her first child with Fualaau, a daughter named Audrey, was born in May 1997 while she was out of jail on bail.
During the trial, she was examined and diagnosed with manic depression. She pled guilty and was convicted of two counts of second-degree child rape. She was sentenced to six months in the county jail and three years of sex offender treatment. At that time she was not required to register as a sex offender. As part of her plea bargain, she agreed to avoid any further contact with Fualaau.
On February 3, 1998, Mary Kay had sexual relations with Fualaau in her car and at age 35 became pregnant a second time by Fualaau. She was arrested for violating the terms of her probation and the police found $6,200 in cash, baby clothes, and her passport inside her car. As a result, she was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in state prison.
In October 1998, while serving her sentence, she gave birth to a second daughter by Fualaau they named Georgia. In January, 2001, her father died, and she was denied a release from prison to attend his funeral. While in prison Mary Kay tutored fellow inmates, created audio books for blind readers, participated in the prison choir and "rarely missed Mass." Because of her celebrity status, she 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.
In 2002, Vili 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 Mary Kay. 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.
Mary Kay was released on 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.