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Letourneau's Teen Lover Wants Out of Lawsuit, Plans Marriage
The Associated Press
SEATTLE, April 4 - A boy who fathered two children with his former grade school teacher, who is serving a prison term for child rape, doesn't want anything to do with a lawsuit filed against the woman by his mother. Vili Fualaau, now 17, wants to marry Mary Kay Letourneau and separate himself from the legal battle after he turns 18 in June, according to a deposition filed recently in court.
As in the past, he denied being a victim in the relationship, which began when he was 12 and Letourneau was 34, married and a mother of four. The two have written a book and their relationship also has been the subject of a made-for-television movie.
The $1 million lawsuit was filed on his behalf by his mother, Soona, who said Highline School District personnel and police in suburban Des Moines failed to protect him from Letourneau's advances.
A hearing is scheduled April 30 on a school district motion to be dismissed from the case.
'It Would Hurt Her Really Bad'
Lawyers Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and Gregory Hollon, who represent Fualaau and his mother, said Tuesday they could not discuss the case yet.
In April 2000, shortly after the suit was filed, Vance said the boy was too immature to fully comprehend the relationship or the implications of rearing two children, who are in his mother's custody.
A judge is scheduled to decide Thursday whether the rest of Fualaau's deposition should remain sealed.
Fualaau wants out of the lawsuit "because of Mary's pride in her city ... and her school," he told defense lawyers in his deposition. "She said if I was to sue the Highline School District, it would hurt her really bad."
Letourneau is serving a seven-year, five-month prison term for second-degree child rape because of her relationship with Fualaau. She is expected to be in prison until 2004.
Fualaau wavered on whether he would marry Letourneau immediately after turning 18 or following her release, but said he hoped they could move to Hawaii or Paris.
"My life's always been really, just pretty cold. I've been around a lot of cold people," Fualaau said in the deposition. "She's really happy. She always has a smile on her face, you know. She's really bright. She really cares about people. She's a good mother."
Copyright 2001 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
-- (Teacher@student.relationship), April 05, 2001
Wasn't there an Ally McBeal episode just like this?
-- Alice in Wonder Bra (email@example.com), April 05, 2001.
Yep, shes a good mother, in jail and old enough to be his :-)
-- sumer (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 05, 2001.
I've never understood how a 12-year old could be found attractive to a grown woman in a sexual way, but I CLEARLY remember being attracted to a student of mine, and DAMN I felt guilty. I was about 30. I taught at the local college, and the man was maybe 24, 25, having gone into the military before continuing his education. He was one of the best looking men I'd ever seen in my life, and he KNEW it. He was flirtatious. I was married and had a young child.
It's one thing to be on a jogging path with a few friends our age checking out the eye-candy jogging before us, but, IMO, a student- teacher relationship defines a boundary that must never be crossed [even in the mind.] Of course we're NEVER supposed to see students outside of the school setting, so I just about fell over when I was in a mall one weekend checking out some towels when I heard, "Well, hello!" I looked up from the towels, and it was HIM. I felt violated. My student wasn't supposed to know I shopped for towels, let alone see me in jeans and a T-shirt. I know that sounds stupid, but it's just the way I wanted student-teacher relationships to be.
THIS story reminds me of that old movie about Mrs. Robertson [the woman who seduced her son's friend.]
-- Anita (Anita_S3@hotmail.com), April 06, 2001.