IS ANYONE ELSE STUNNED, NUMBED, ETC. BY THIS?
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A man who had two children in the 1990s with his former sixth-grade teacher said the two have been meeting daily since her release from prison last month and would like to marry.
Mary Kay Letourneau, 42, served 7 1/2 years in prison for child rape for her relationship with Vili Fualaau, who was 12 when their relationship began at a Seattle-area school.
"We still have the same feelings for each other, times forever," Fualaau, now 21, said in an interview to air Wednesday on "The Larry Elder Show," a newly syndicated television show.
A judge last month granted Fualaau's request to lift an order barring Letourneau from contacting him. He said he's been "seeing her every day" since her release, Fualaau said.
The couple's daughters, ages 7 and 6, are in the custody of Fualaau's mother. Fualaau said he will seek custody of them at some point.
He said the two would have to become financially stable and work out the family court issues.
"And then I guess it would be safe to say, well, safe to get married," he said.
Fualaau, who did not finish high school, said he has been living with a friend, and has been "in and out of jobs."
Letourneau was a 34-year-old elementary school teacher in suburban Des Moines, Washington, 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 gave birth to Fualaau's second daughter behind bars.
L&P - always.