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08/07/2004 05:00 PM ID: 41874 Permalink   

Letourneau and former child lover allowed to reunite


A Seattle judge has lifted an order banning contact between convicted child rapist Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau, whom she began sexually assaulting when he was 13 and she was his teacher.

Fualaau began petitioning the court hours after Letourneau's release (SN reported) to remove the order preventing her from contacting him, saying he was still in love with her. They have two daughters, now 5 and 7 years old.

An author following the case said, "So many people see this as a love story and want to see them together. I do want to remind people that he was 12 and 13 years old when this thing happened, and his life has been profoundly impacted ..."

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  she should rot  
in prison! she has never admitted to any wrong doing and she still sees her actions as right! She is a very frightening pedophile! I believe that she belongs in prison for the rest of her life. She certainly ruined this young mans life! I know that he does not see it this way. But he will probably never know what it is like to have a normal life. She took that from him and made him a father whin he was still a child himself. She is scum!!!
  by: Crystal Clukey   08/07/2004 10:45 PM     
A normal life huh? You mean.. no job, long term unemployment, struggling to get ahead, chronic depression, sex and alcohol, drug abuse maybe?

I dont see a lot of comparitive harm being done here - she broke the law, and the social standards, but you cant prove harm.

Seriously, there are exceptions to every rule, and I think if these two make a happy life together and raise their daughters well then good luck to them.

And who are you to decide his life is ruined? You're reasoning emotionally and not logically - only time can prove it one way or the other.
  by: lauriesman     08/08/2004 01:36 AM     
  My God  
I agree with lauriesman!!!!!
Im going to have to punish myself ::stabs toe with fork::
Who saw that coming!!!!!!
  by: emp3r0r     08/08/2004 03:36 AM     
  What if...  
the tables were turned, and this was the same situation with a male teacher and female student? There would be tremendous outrage, while the current scenario only seems to raise a few eyebrows.
  by: xqqqqme   08/08/2004 03:47 AM     
I'd feel the same, the damage has been done, and far more was done in the court case, and the media circus than was done by the relationship IMO.

The girl would be 21 now, and if she wanted to be with that man, then its her choice. Leave them alone, I say.

Of course, the one huge difference is the biological and physical strain of a 13 year old girl giving birth, which puts it in another realm entirely. However in that case I would feel the same if no children had resulted.
  by: lauriesman     08/08/2004 04:19 AM     
  Of Course  
most men in todays society are still of the opinion that the child was a lucky sob. But you also have to look at the fact that she as a teacher of children comitted an unexcusable act. She forever changed this young mans life. And as you said Lauriesman, you have no way of knowing that his life would have been full of unemployment or poverty if she had not stepped in to save him. I know that opionions are plentiful and that mine is just one, but no one can say that I am wrong when I say that she is a criminal, and should be treated as such!
  by: Crystal Clukey   08/08/2004 10:07 PM     
And I say she has served her time, they have a family to consider. As far as I am concerned though she acted badly, and broke the law, and may indeed have harmed the boys life, that she has met the court appointed requirements of her crime, and should be left alone. The best thing that could happen now is that the world "forget" about them and let them raise that family in peace.
  by: lauriesman     08/09/2004 04:32 AM     
  not sure about the economic harm  
The kid was 13 in 6th grade so the odds that he would drop out of school and not get a GED were high. I'm not sure the sex with his teacher impacted the circumstances he was born in and the route he took to adulthood. But, maybe it made him easy prey for the pedophile teacher?
  by: JFURY     08/09/2004 04:39 AM     
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