Woman Who Raped 13-Year-Old Student She Later Married, Dies Of Cancer


(CNN)Mary Kay Letourneau, the Seattle teacher who was convicted in 1997 of raping a 13-year-old student she later married, has died of cancer, her former attorney says. She was 58.

Letourneau died fairly suddenly in her home late Monday, her former attorney David Gehrke told CNN.

Most of her family was with her, including Vili Fualaau, her former student and ex-husband who was giving her 24-hour care the last month of her life.

Letourneau pleaded guilty to raping 13-year-old Fualaau when she was 34.

She gave birth to Fualaau’s child before she served seven years in prison on charges related to the rape. The couple later had a second child.

Letourneau and Fualaau got married in 2005 soon after she was released from prison, but Fualaau filed for legal separation in 2017 just before their 12- year anniversary.

It is not clear why Fualaau filed for the separation.


  1. It is sad that she will always be remembered as “Woman Who Raped 13-Year-Old Student” despite the fact that she served 7 years in prison for her crime. While I don’t condone her actions in any way, but to have that headline printed after time served and death? Really?

  2. Sadly, I think she was unstable and she needed psych analysis, something that can
    go on for a long time before being suspected, and tragedy strikes. It can happen
    among the rich, the poor, white, black, and in every race. It is something in the mind
    that can be healed so forgive her, shy is more a victim than what you think of her. She
    did not deserve jail sentence – only help in a special Clinic. Think of the many ‘Mary
    Magdalene’ one who Jesus forgave and healed, the Jessabels of the world, from history
    to this time, men have got away with it, but I know that there is a God who understand
    these things and knows and will forgive when you ‘ask’ & why don’t we pray for them.

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