Mary Kay Letourneau Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 11 Sep, 2019
Facts of Mary Kay Letourneau
Date of Birth: 1962 , January-30
Age: 59 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 6 Inch
Name Mary Kay Letourneau
Birth Name Mary Katherine Schmitz
Father John G. Schmitz (1930–2001)
Mother Mary E. (née Suehr)
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Tustin, California, U.S.
Ethnicity White Ethnicity
Profession Criminal
Net Worth $150 thousand
Affair with Vili Fualaau
Married Yes
Married to Steve Letourneau, (m. 1984; div. 1999) Vili Fualaau, (m. 2005)
Children 6
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A former schoolteacher, Mary Kay Fualaau was sentenced to seven years in jail for statutory rape for having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old student, Vili Fualaau in her class. The U.S. born criminal gave birth to Fualaau’s child while awaiting sentencing. The case gained national attention after her plea agreement called for six months in jail, with three months suspended, and no contact with Fualaau for life.

Early Life and Education of Letourneau

Letourneau (née Schmitz, formerly Mary Kay Letourneau) was born on January 30, 1962, in Tustin, California, U.S. She is the daughter of John G. Schmitz (1930–2001) and May E. Schmitz. Her mother was a chemist, and her father was a university professor.

Letourneau has nine siblings who were raised in a strict Catholic household. She was known as Mary Kay to her family and was called Cake by her father. She has six brothers; Joseph E. Schmitz, John George Stuckle, Phillip Schmitz, John P. Schmitz, Tim Schmitz, and Jerome T. Schmitz. She has three sisters; Eugenie Bostrom, Theresa Manion, and Elizabeth Crnkovich.

Her father started his political career and successfully ran as a Republican for a seat in the state legislature. He held positions as a California state senator and U.S. Congressman, winning a special election for an unexpired term in 1970 and the general election later that year.

In 1973, her three-year-old brother died of drowning in the family pool at their home in the Spyglass Hill Section of Corona del Mar, California. Although the death was declared accident, she often blames herself responsible for the accident, as she promised to look after her brother.

Letourneau attended Cornella Connelly High School, an all-girls Catholic school in Anaheim, California. She was a member of the cheerleading team for Servite High School at the time. She was reported to have liked parties, boys, and traveling during her high school years.

Letourneau was claimed to party animal while she was a student at the Arizona State University. Her father was once again elected as a Republican to the California State Senate in 1978.

Her father intended to run for the U.S. Senate in 1982, but his political career was permanently damaged when it was revealed that he had an affair with a former student at Santa Ana College, where he had taught political science and fathered two children from their relationship. Her parents separated due to her father’s affair but later reconciled.

Her brother John Patrick Schmitz was the deputy counsel to President George H. W. Bush. Her other brother, Joseph E. Schmitz, was Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Defense under George W. Bush and is a foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump.

Letourneau's Relationship with Steve Letourneau

Letourneau had an affair with fellow student Steve Letourneau whom she met while attending Arizona State University. She got pregnant with their first child and gave birth to her first child while studying at Arizona. They named their child Steven Jr.

CAPTION: Mary Kay Letourneau with her first husband Steve Letourneau SOURCE: Toronto Sun

The couple got married in 1985 and dropped out of college. Later, the couple moved to his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska.

CAPTION: Steve Letourneau and Mary Kay SOURCE: In Touch Weekly

Her husband was transferred to Seattle, Washington, where he attended night classes and graduated in 1989. Letourneau started teaching second grade at Shore Elementary School in Burien, Washington.

Their marriage suffered from financial problems and extramarital affairs by both husband and wife. Later, the family of three moved to Seattle, Washington. A year later, they had three more children; Claire, Nicholas, and Jacqueline.

CAPTION: Letourneau's four children from her first marriage, Steven, Jackie, Mary, and Nicholas SOURCE: Daily Mail

She divorced her husband after being imprisoned for child rape in May 1999. Her ex-husband gained custody of their four children after the divorce.

Relationship with Vili Fualaau: Crime, Trial, and Conviction

Letourneau has two daughters with Vili Fualaau; Audrey Lokelani and Georgia. Her first daughter Audrey Lokelani was born in May 1997 when Letourneau awaited the conclusion of her trial, and her second daughter Georgia was born in 1998, while she was serving in jail for the second time.

CAPTION: Mary Kay and Vili Fualaau in their early days SOURCE: Mamamia

Vili Fualaau was one of the students at Shore Elementary School when Letourneau was teaching at the school. Fualaau was also a student of the class where Letourneau later started teaching.

Their relationship between them turned from friendship to sex during the summer of 1996. Letourneau was arrested in 1997 after a relative of her husband Steve complained to the police.

CAPTION: Mary Kay arrested SOURCE: The Good Men Project

Letourneau pleaded guilty and was convicted of two counts of second-degree child rape. She was sentenced to six months in the county jail and three years of sex offender treatment.

Two weeks later, after completing the jail sentence, on February 3, 1998, she was found having sexual relations with Fualaau in her car. She was arrested, and police found $6,200 cash, baby clothes, and her passport inside her car.

She was sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment for violating the terms of her probation. She gave birth to her second child with Fualaau, a daughter named Georgia in October 1998, while serving her sentence.

CAPTION: Un seul crime, l'amour SOURCE: Goodreads

The same year, Letourneau and Fualaau co-wrote the book called Only One Crime, Love (French: Un seul crime, l'amour), which was published in France.

In 1999, a second book named

CAPTION: If Loving You is Wrong SOURCE: Goodreads

was published in the U.S. which was written with only minimal cooperation from Letourneau.

Letourneau was released from the prison in 2004. Following her release, Fualaau filed a motion in court requesting a reversal of the no-contact order against Letourneau, which was granted a few days later.


On January 18, 2000, the TV film All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story was released. The film was based on the real-life story of Letourneau's unlawful affair with one of her sixth-grade pupils. It featured Penelope Ann Miller, Omar Anguiano, and Mercedes Ruehl.

Letourneau's Marriage to Fualaau And Ther Children 

Letourneau and Fualaau were married on May 20, 2005, in Woodinville, Washington. The wedding ceremony was held at the Columbia Winery. Exclusive access to the wedding was given to the American television show Entertainment Tonight.

CAPTION: Mary Kay and Vili Fualaau wedding day SOURCE:
CAPTION: Mary Kay and Vili Fualaau with their two daughters SOURCE: Wedding pictures and photos

According to Letourneau, she planned to have another child and return to the teaching profession and indicated that she was permitted to teach at private schools and community colleges by law.

CAPTION: Mary Kay and Vili Fualaau together at a Seattle area club SOURCE: People Magazine

Letourneau and her husband worked as the DJ and hosted for three "Hot for Teacher Night" promotions at a Seattle nightclub.

CAPTION: Mary Kay and Vili Fualaau with their daughters SOURCE: NBC News

Fualaau said in an interview with Inside Edition, "I'm not a victim. I'm not ashamed of being a father. I'm not ashamed of being in love with Mary Kay."

CAPTION: Mary Kay and Vili Fualaau together SOURCE:

Fualaau filed for separation from Letourneau on May 9, 2017, after almost 12 years of marriage. Fualaau later withdrew the separation filing; the two are still married.

Even after a change, their relationship did not last long and the couple finally divorced, in August 2019. 

Net Worth And Salary 

Letourneau’s net worth is $150 thousand at present. She is a former schoolteacher and is now a legal assistant. Her annual salary as a legal assistant is around $46,452, a year. 

Prior to that, there is nothing about her profession. Therefore, it is hard to pin down further about her financial details.