SEATTLE -- An online bridal registry says Mary Kay Letourneau and her former sixth-grade pupil, Vili Fualaau, have set the date for their wedding.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports in Monday's paper that 43-year-old Letourneau and 22-year-old Fualaau plan to wed April 16. Letourneau served 7.5 years on a 1997 conviction for raping Fualaau.
Letourneau was a married mother of four when she began a sexual relationship with the then-12-year-old Fualaau after meeting at Burien's Shorewood Elementary School in 1996, when she was 34. She was pregnant with Fualaau's first child when she was arrested in 1997 and ordered to serve a six-month sentence for second-degree child rape.
One month after she was released, Letourneau was caught having sex with Fualaau in her car. She pleaded guilty in 1997 to two charges of child rape, and gave birth to the couple's second daughter while serving her sentence. Fualaau's mother is raising their two daughters, aged 6 and 7.
Shortly after Letourneau was released from prison last August, the pair successfully petitioned a King County judge to lift a no-contact order that had barred them from seeing each other.
A family friend says they became engaged when Fualaau proposed last fall, but they have been trying to keep wedding details a secret. Noel Soriano says the wedding will likely be held in a Seattle-area church.
I caight the tail end of John Gibson's show on FOX News tonight. He had an interesting take on this story during his My Word segment:
This kid was a father twice while he still needed a father to show him how to get merit badges in Boy Scouts and how to tie a bowtie for the high school prom.
She served her time, seven and a half years. He's now 22 and she's now 43 and they're getting married.
We needed to hear something uplifting in the love department for Valentine's Day, didn't we?
The wedding is going to be in a church — what church marries rapists and rape victims? — and their two daughters are going to be flower girls. I'm sorry this is just too weird for me and I was born in California!
And how is young Vili going to be supporting his wife and children? He's getting his GED now and talking to gallery owners about exhibiting his artwork.
My, his teacher sure did a great job getting him started in life. No high school diploma, no hopes for college, dreams of an art career, two babies and a wife who will be on Social Security when he turns forty.
Give that teacher a medal!
That's My Word.
No shortage of sarcasm there. It's warranted, though. Every bit of it. And then some.
Note that the "happy couple" has an online bridal registry. I don't see some of the really important items listed. Like an education and a future for Vili. And some serious psychotherapy--and maybe some ECT-- for the pathetic Mary Kay.
All we can hope is that young Vili doesn't waste too much more of his youth on that sorry excuse for a woman. If he does stick around, I have an idea for a present that the young husband can get his wife on their seventh anniversary.