Mary Kay Letourneau has sensationally claimed that she was wrongly imprisoned in a new interview.
Teacher Letourneau made headlines all over the world in 1997 when it was reveaked she was in a relationship with student Fualaau who was only aged, 12.
She was 34 at the time and was married with four kids.
After being arrested following a tip from her husband’s family she pled guilty and was convicted of second-degree child rape.
When she gave birth to a daughter, Audrey, she struck a plea deal which meant she could have no further contact with her younger lover.
But a year later the couple were caught having sex in a car by the police and she was sentenced to seven years jail time.
When asked if she was wrongly jailed she said: “Absolutely, you do not know our story we do.”
The 56-year-old believes that she was ‘tricked and coerced’ into her initial guilty plea.
“I did the best that I felt at the time – but it is just absurd to think that 13-year-old’s are not having sex and they are not pursuing it.
“I did not know, I have said this over and over again, that this would count as a crime.”
Although this is at odds with what Fualaau, 33, thinks of their affair today.
“I would say you know it was wrong, I think morally we should have waited,” he confessed.
The couple is now married and they had a second daughter, Georgia, in 1998 while she was still in prison.
And although their relationship continues to upset many she claims that she was the one that was pursued.
She defended her actions to her lawyer claiming the couple ‘were in love’ and that her younger lover was ‘pursuing and wanting it’.
The couple first met when he was only 8-years-old and he confided that he was obsessed with her from an early age – he and his friends would hide in a school closet so they could look up her skirt when she walked past.
And he tried to get involved with her as part of a bet with his pals.
“They told me ‘I bet you that you can’t get what’s her name’ – And I ended up taking the bet and pursuing Mary.”
Their relationship still has problems today. Last year he filed for a legal separation but withdrew the request.
“I’ve seen marriage where they make it work, they might have fallen out of love somewhere in the relationship but they somehow they just make it work,” he added.
And despite everything they have been through she still has strong feelings for her husband.
“I love him more today, I hope everyone in marriages gets there,” she said.
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