“We were just talking about when they were kids and we were laughing and I turned over and I didn’t see her chest moving,” Fualaau, 37, said as he wiped away tears in a sneak peek for the Wednesday, September 16 episode of The Dr. Oz Show obtained by E! News.
“And I thought maybe it was like, one of those pauses she has and then she’ll come back. You know, she’ll take a deep breath and she’s gonna come back,” he continued. “I would count in between those pauses and it’s just the longest count that I had. And I had turned off her breathing machine just to hear if she was like, breathing just really soft. And at that moment, I had to tell the kids that they need to call the rest of the siblings to come and say their goodbyes. That this is it.”
Letourneau died at the age of 58 of stage 4 cancer in July. The Seattle, Washington school teacher became infamous in 1996 when she was involved in a sexual relationship with Fualaau, who was her student in her second-grade and sixth-grade classes. They were caught by local police in Letourneau’s car during one of their trysts. They initially lied to officials and said Fualaau was 18, but he was 13 years old. Letourneau was 34 years old at the time and married to first husband Steve Letourneau, whom she shared four children with.
The California native was later arrested on March 4, 1997, after a relative of her husband contacted the police and notified them of her inappropriate relationship with Fualaau. During her trial, Letourneau was pregnant with Fualaau’s child and pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree child rape. While awaiting her sentencing, she gave birth to daughter Audrey.
Because of a plea agreement, Letourneau was only sentenced to six months in county jail, three of which were suspended. She also agreed to undergo three years of sex offender treatment but was not initially required to register as a sex offender.
Letourneau and Fualaau reunited after her jail stint and were found again by local police in a car with Fualaau in February 1998. A judge revoked her previous plea agreement and sentenced her to seven and a half years in prison for violating a no-contact order. While in jail, Letourneau gave birth to her and Fualaau’s second child together, daughter Georgia.
When Letourneau was released in 2004, she registered as a sex offender. Fualaau, who was 21 at the time, requested the no-contact order between him and Letourneau be dropped. The forbidden couple married on May 20, 2005. They remained together for nearly 12 years until Fualaau filed for divorce in May 2017. He later withdrew the paperwork. In March 2019, Fualaau filed for legal separation from Letourneau, which was granted in August 2019.
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