The infamous sex scandal schoolteacher, Mary Kay Letourneau, was arrested in Washington state on Jan. 5, and briefly jailed on Jan. 6. Her traffic-related arrest comes ten years after being released from prison after pleading guilty to raping one of her sixth-grade students.
Mary Kay Letourneau, the schoolteacher convicted of raping one of her sixth grade students, Vili Fualaau — and later marrying him — in the 1990s, was arrested and booked at around 4 a.m. on Jan. 6 near Seattle, Wash., after missing a court appearance for a violation she received while driving on a suspended license and failing to appear in court in Sept. 2013.
Mary Kay Letourneau Arrested: Traffic Violation For Past Child Sex Offender
Mary Kay Letourneau was “arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license and failure to appear,” Julie Murphy, spokeswoman for King County Adult and Juvenile Detention & Community Corrections in Washington state said, reported CNN. She was briefly held and released the same day on $5,000 bond, Murphy explained.
A warrant was issued for her arrest when she skipped out on a Sept. 2013 court appearance after being pulled over for expired license plate tabs led police to discover she had a suspended license, Kiro TV reported.
Mary Kay Letourneau’s Child Sex Scandal History
The former teacher’s arrest is shocking, not because of her traffic violation, but because of her prison history.
Mary Kay, now 51, made headlines when it became public she was having an affair with one of her 12-year-old students in 1996, when she was 34 and the mother of 4 children. She was sentenced to prison in 1997, while she was pregnant with Vili’s baby. She was granted a brief parole stint in 1998, but after being caught in her car together with Vili at 3 a.m. one morning, she was brought back to prison and forced to serve the remainder of her original 7-year sentence behind bars. In prison, she had her second child with Vili. She was released from prison in 2004, and she married Vili in 2005 — when they were 43 and 22.
— Maxine Studebaker