The year was 1997. Mary Kay Letourneau was fresh off of an arrest after relatives learned that her flirtation with her sixth grade student Vili Fualaau had turned physical — and the case, which seemed to reach peak absurdity, took a shocking twist: The 35-year-old mom welcomed a baby girl with her preteen lover. Their firstborn, Audrey, was born while they were awaiting the outcome of her trial. Shortly after her birth on Aug. 7, 1997, she pleaded guilty and was convicted to two counts of second-degree child rape and was senteced to six months in a local jail (though half of her sentence was suspended).
As part of her plea bargain, she was able to avoid registering as a sex offender as long as she agreed to avoid seeing her underage lover. As we all know by now, the two were caught having sex shortly after her release — and she was impregnated by the adolescent a second time, this time welcoming their second daughter, Georgia, on Oct. 17, 1998 while she was still behind bars.
And despite their unusual upbringing — their mother serving a jail sentence, their father close enough in age to be their peer, the girls are incredibly well adjusted. While Georgia seems to keep a low profile — literally — Audrey’s social media suggests she’s a barista and a student at community college, and the girls seem super close with each other.
In 2015, Audrey and Georgia’s parents gave an interview with Barbara Walters, and confessed there was never a “sit-down chat” about how they met, but they admitted that the girls “grew up knowing.” During the same interview, the journalist asked Vili how he’d feel if his own children began dating a teacher — and Vili admitted that he even warned them against dating altogether!
“The reason for me telling them [not to have boyfriends] was just from, out of experience,” he explained. “A relationship could lead to something that you think you wanted back then. You don’t really want it, maybe, years later.” When asked about teacher/student relationships, he added, “I don’t support younger kids being married or having a relationship with someone older. I don’t support it.”