Regardless of giving love one other shot, Vili Fualaau and Mary Kay Letourneau – who served 7 years in jail after sleeping with him when he was solely 12 – have determined to finalize their break up.
Mary Kay Letourneau, 57, captured the eye of a surprised nation in 1997 when it was revealed she was in a sexual relationship with one in all her college students, the then-12-year-old Vili Fualaau. Although they’d marry following her jail sentence, Vili, 35, and Mary Kay are splitting up, and this time, it looks as if it’s for good. A authorized submitting with the King County Superior Courtroom, obtained by PEOPLE, confirms the couple’s try at reconciliation has failed, and they are going to be transferring ahead with non-public arbitration to finalize the break up.
“They actually gave it the previous faculty strive,” a supply near the couple instructed PEOPLE. “They’ve an extended historical past with two youngsters, but it surely actually appears to have run its course. They labored actually laborious to sort things, but it surely nonetheless fell aside. The reconciliation simply didn’t work. …They nonetheless love one another very a lot. They’re household and all the time can be. It simply isn’t working, they usually’re going to must name it.”
Curiously, this isn’t the primary time this forbidden love affair confronted its ultimate curtain. Vili, who shares two daughters with Mary — Audrey, 22, and Georgia, 20 — filed for authorized separation in Might 2017. “I’m not shocked that they bought married,” David Gehrke, a lawyer for Mary Kay and private good friend, instructed PEOPLE on the time,” Letourneau’s lawyer and good friend David Gehrke instructed PEOPLE on the time, “and I’m not shocked, these days, that they’re separating. Vili was the one who filed a petition for separation, which is often a precursor for submitting for divorce. It provides authorized discover to collectors and the like that the money owed gained’t be joint. She might attempt to contest it, however that’s legally powerful to do.” Regardless of this submitting, the couple nonetheless lived beneath one roof and was noticed collectively out within the Seattle space.
Evidently this second shot at love was not meant to be. Mary Kay and Vili struck up this forbidden affair in 1996 when he was her 12-year-old, sixth-grade scholar, per Biography. Her first husband, Steve Letourneau, found love letters between his spouse and her scholar. After one in all Steve’s kinfolk tipped off the police, Mary Kay’s affair grew to become public when she was arrested on March 4, 1997. At that time, she was pregnant with Vivi’s little one, Audrey, and gave beginning to her whereas awaiting sentencing.
Mary Kay pleaded responsible to 2 counts of second-degree little one rape, and thru a plea settlement, served three months (of a six-month sentence) in a county jail. Nonetheless, one of many circumstances of the plea deal was that she was by no means to contact Vili once more.
On February 3, 1998, two weeks after finishing her jail sentence, she was discovered having intercourse with Vili in her automobile. Mary Kay was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail for violating the phrases of her probation. Whereas in jail, Steve divorced her and he or she gave beginning her second daughter with Vili, Georgia. She was launched in 2004 and registered as a Stage 2 intercourse offender. She and Vili, then age 21, persuaded the court docket to carry the no-contact order towards her. They had been married on Might 20, 2005.