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Judge lifts Letourneau no-contact order

A King County Superior Court judge on Friday agreed to lift a no-contact order between Mary Kay Letourneau and her former sixth-grade pupil, Vili Fualaau, with whom she had two children.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A judge on Friday agreed to lift an order barring Mary Kay Letourneau from contacting Vili Fualaau, the former sixth-grade student she was convicted of having sex with when he was a minor.

Fualaau, now 21, had challenged the court order, saying he is an adult and can pick his own friends, especially the mother of his two children.

Letourneau was a 34-year-old elementary school teacher in suburban Des Moines and an unhappily married mother of four in 1996, when she began having sex with Fualaau.

When Letourneau was arrested in 1997, she was already pregnant with Fualaau’s daughter. Though Letourneau professed her love for the boy, a judge sentenced her to six months in jail for second-degree child rape, and ordered her to stay away from him.

A month after Letourneau was released, she was caught having sex with Fualaau in her car. She was sent to prison for 7½ years, and gave birth to Fualaau’s second daughter behind bars.

Letourneau was released Wednesday, and was staying with friends at a home in a neighborhood south of Seattle.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office did not object to Fualaau’s motion that the no-contact order be lifted, spokesman Dan Donohoe said Friday.

Fualaau, who was in New York for an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show, told the show that he’s looking forward to seeing Letourneau and deciding if they can have a life together.

Letourneau’s two daughters with Fualaau are now 6 and 7. They have been raised by Fualaau’s mother, and visited Letourneau in prison. Her four older children, who live in Alaska with her ex-husband, also visited her.