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Man files for separation after 12 years of marriage to woman who raped him when he was 12

They began an affair when he was 12 and she was 34, they have two children together.

File Photo: Vili Fualaau with his wife and former 6th grade teacher Mary Kay Fualaau in 2009.
File Photo: Vili Fualaau with his wife and former 6th grade teacher Mary Kay Fualaau in 2009.
Image: Daren Fentiman

A US MAN who married his former teacher – after she was jailed on child rape charges over a sexual relationship that began when he was just 12, in a case that shocked the country – has filed for separation.

Vili Fualaau, now 33, filed the court papers for separation from Mary Kay Letourneau earlier this month in the state of Washington.

The couple married 12 years ago in a ceremony shrouded in secrecy.

Letourneau, now 55, was a teacher at a suburban elementary school in Seattle and a married mother of four when she met Fualaau, of Samoan parents, who was then in second grade. They began an affair when he was 12 and she was 34.

She was arrested in 1997 after her then husband found some love letters from the boy and she gave birth to her young lover’s child before going to prison for second-degree child rape.

Mary Kay Letourneau and Husband Seperate Source: Marcus R. Donner

Letourneau was granted early release after three months on condition she would have no more contact with Fualaau but was caught again having sex with him in a car and was jailed for seven years.

The couple had their second daughter while she was in prison.

It was unclear what prompted Fualaau’s request for separation, and his attorney has declined to comment.

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