Mary Kay Letourneau was charged with child rape when she was caught having an affair with her then-sixth-grade student Vili Fualaau. But what people frequently forget is that her now-husband wasn’t the only victim of her illicit actions more than years ago — she had a husband and four children that were also affected by her illegal and horrifying affair.
In 2015 — shortly after Mary Kay resurfaced for an interview with Barbara Walters — an insider told Radar Online that her first husband and college sweetheart, Steve Letourneau, has found happiness in his private life following the sex scandal.
Steve, around the time of his wedding to Mary Kay. (Photo Credit: ABC)
When the one-time teacher was arrested in 1997 — and revealed she was pregnant with her first child by Vili (her daughter Audrey is now 17) — Steve filed for divorce and got custody of their four children, Steven Jr., Mary Claire, Nicholas, and Jacqueline.
Despite their mother’s reputation, her adult children have found success and happiness, too. The insider said Nicholas recently graduated from Georgetown with a computer science degree, and Steven Jr., who is less than two years younger than his stepfather, is a father-of-two.
Steve and Mary Kay got married while they were undergrads at Arizona State University. (Photo Credit: ABC)
“I attribute all of that to Steven, not to Mary Kay,” the insider explained.
While Mary Kay insisted all six of her children (Georgia is her younger daughter with Vil) have a close relationship, Vili told Barbara Walters, “It’s an awkward feeling, for sure, to be close in age with someone [who is] technically your stepson or stepdaughter.”
But the insider says Steve — who alerted the authorities of his wife's sexual relationship with her former student — has had no problem putting the scandal behind him.
He’s worked for Alaskan Airlines for 32 years, and he has a daughter by his second ex-wife, Kelly Whalen. The insider alleged he’s planning to marry his current girlfriend of 10 years, and he’s finally able to leave the Mary Kay drama in his past.
“He has little communication with Mary Kay,” the source said. “But he’s gotten on with his life and everything is positive. He is a wonderful man and father. None of the kids have turned out bad and he did it all on his own. Steven is a wonderful, hardworking man. He’s always provided and care for his family.”
It was recently revealed that Vili and Mary Kay filed for legal separation earlier this month.