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Wedding makes mockery of romance

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CELEBRITY pedophile Mary Kay Letourneau married her former elementary school student last month in a lavish ceremony. The guest list beggared understanding.

Present were the couple's two children, conceived in furtive encounters that began when he was in Grade 6 and she was on her way to being charged with child rape; two of her kids from the marriage that ended when she was discovered diddling her 12-year-old boyfriend; and his mother, who was raising the pair's little girls while mommy was in jail.

In all, 225 people chose to sanction the marriage between a convicted child rapist and her former victim. Her college roommate reported there wasn't a dry eye in the house. She neglected to mention how many tears must have been shed as Letourneau abandoned her own kids in order to pursue an obsessive sexual relationship with another child.

The 43-year-old bride wore white. She's lucky that lightning didn't strike her dead.

There's still a smirking reaction to the seduction of boys by older women. He's getting a good education, some people say. Where's the harm in learning about sex from an experienced woman?

Letourneau was 32 when she decided Vili Fualaau, a preteen, was irresistible. She took a student -- a kid who should have been out for recess -- and committed a serious crime against him. The first time she clapped eyes on her future victim, he was in Grade 2.

Praise the heavens she was able to hold herself back for four years before she first assaulted him.

Letourneau was already pregnant with Fualaau's first child -- and her fifth -- when she was arrested in 1997. She pleaded guilty to second-degree child rape and was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison, with all but six months suspended.

To prove her remorse, she was caught having sex in a car with the boy within weeks of her release. She was sent to prison to serve the rest of her sentence. She gave birth to their second child while incarcerated. This is a sick, sick woman.

Vili Fualaau -- who is now an adult and capable of deciding he wants to spend the rest of his time with Letourneau -- should be saving up to cover the cost of therapy for his two little girls, who are now the same age he was when his wife first decided she'd rob him of his childhood.

This is not a love story. This is a train wreck, the tale of a twisted individual who selfishly ruined the lives of her first four children, humiliated her husband, crushed her parents and destroyed the sacred trust between teacher and pupil to satisfy her twisted physical desires.

Thank God the conditions of her parole prevent her from taking an out-of-state honeymoon. You'd really hate to see everything go Letourneau's way.

lindor.reynolds@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 4, 2005 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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