In this photo provided by “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider,” Mary Kay Letourneau and her former sixth-grade pupil Vili Fualaau, pose for a photo, April 9, 2005, in their home in Seattle. Security measures leading up to the couple’s wedding, which according to TV shows with exclusive rights to the event is to take place, Friday, May 20, 2005, seem to rival that of top-secret government ops. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Entertainment Tonight and The Insider, Mark Greenberg, File) (Mark Greenberg – AP)
SEATTLE 21 Mei – Mary Kay Letourneau berkahwin dengan bekas pelajar tahun ke-enamnya, Vili Fualaau malam tadi, hampir setahun selepas guru wanita itu dibebaskan daripada hukuman penjara kerana melakukan hubungan seks dengan pelajar itu.
Mary Kay, 43, dan Fualaau, 22, melangsungkan perkahwinan mereka dalam satu majlis yang dikawal ketat di Columbia Winery di Woodinville, kira-kira 32 kilometer ke timur laut Seattle.
Mary Clair, anak remaja Mary Kay dengan suami pertamanya, menjadi pengapit ibunya.
Mary Kay dan Fualaau mempunyai dua orang anak perempuan, Audrey, 8, dan Alexis Georgia, 7 dan kedua-dua kanak-kanak itu bertindak sebagai pembawa bunga dalam majlis perkahwinan ibu bapa mereka.
Pasangan itu mula menjadi perhatian sejak Mary Kay dipenjarakan pada 1997 setelah didapati bersalah kerana melakukan hubungan seks dengan pelajarnya sendiri, iaitu Fualaau yang ketika itu baru berusia 12 tahun.
Ketika itu Mary Kay berusia 34 tahun dan sudah bersuami dan mempunyai empat orang anak.
Sewaktu ditangkap pada 1997, Mary Kay sedang mengandung anak pertama hasil daripada perhubungan sulitnya dengan Fualaau.
Sejak dibebaskan pada Ogos tahun lalu, pasangan itu menjalin semula hubungan mereka. – AP/UM
Mary Kay Letourneau Weds Former Student
By MELANTHIA MITCHELL
The Associated Press
Saturday, May 21, 2005; 8:14 AM
SEATTLE — Mary Kay Letourneau, whose notorious seduction of 12-year-old boy led to more than seven years in prison, has married the former student she was convicted of raping.
Letourneau, 43, and Vili Fualaau, 22, exchanged vows they had written themselves during a tightly guarded ceremony Friday night, said Janet Annino, co-executive producer of the TV show “Entertainment Tonight.”
The couple have been in the spotlight since Letourneau was imprisoned in 1997. But when she was released last August, the couple _ who have two daughters together _ reunited.
The ceremony was at the Columbia Winery in Woodinville, about 20 miles northeast of Seattle, Annino said.
“Mary Kay was whisked out of the hotel to this venue under intense security,” she said. “She arrived here with a sheet over her head. She had to lie down in the car coming in to avoid the paparazzi.”
Letourneau and Fualaau gave a series of interviews to “Entertainment Tonight” and its sister TV show, “The Insider,” which had exclusive rights to the nuptials. Show officials said they did not pay for the wedding.
Letourneau’s teenage daughter, Mary Claire, from her earlier marriage, was maid of honor. The couple’s two daughters, Audrey, 8, and Alexis Georgia, 7, were flower girls.
The couple first met when Fualaau was in the second grade. Their relationship became sexual when he was 12 and she was a 34-year-old married mother of four, a teacher at a suburban elementary school.
Letourneau was pregnant with Fualaau’s first child when she was arrested in 1997. She pleaded guilty to second-degree child rape and was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison, with all but six months suspended.
Within weeks of her release, she was caught having sex with Fualaau in her car and ordered to serve the remainder of her sentence. She gave birth to the couple’s second daughter while serving time.