Mary K. Letourneau, the elementary-school teacher who became tabloid fodder after having two babies with a 12-year-old former student, will walk out of prison today after completing most of a 7½-year sentence for child rape. After release from the Washington Corrections Center for Women, Letourneau must register with authorities as a sex offender, reports the Seattle Times. One question looms: Are Letourneau and her former student going to see each other again?
A lifetime no-contact order, which is part of her sentence, prevents Letourneau, 42, from seeing the student, Vili Fualaau, now 21. She was 34 and he 12 when they started having sex. The woman has maintained that their union was strictly about love. She sent Fualaau more than 20 letters from prison, violating the no-contact order. Most were affectionate, but one threatened him with castration if he dated anyone else. Fualaau told a TV reporter that he still loved Letourneau. Published reports say Fualaau has hired a lawyer to look at lifting the no-contact order. Their children are now 7 and 5. Letourneau has four other children, ages 10 to 19, from a marriage that dissolved when the molestation came to light.