Mary Kay Letourneau, Sex Scandal Teacher, Back in Handcuffs

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Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 09:02 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Mary Kay Letourneau, the former teacher who infamously spent seven years in prison for sleeping with her 12-year-old student, was arrested in Washington state over the weekend after failing to appear in court on charges of driving on a suspended license.

Letourneau, 51, was arrested around 8 p.m. Sunday night and booked into King County Jail early Monday morning, reported. She was released at 1:05 p.m. after posting $5,000 bail.

Letourneau became something of a celebrity in 1997 when the story of her sexual relationship with 12-year-old Vili Fualaau, a student in her class, was splashed all over tabloid front pages. Then 34 and pregnant with Fualaau's child, Letourneau was sentenced to prison.

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She was paroled in January 1998 and instructed to have no contact with Fualaau. But just a month later the couple was caught together and Letourneau, pregnant again, was sentenced to seven years in state prison.

She married Fualaau in 2005, a year after her release.

Letourneau ran into trouble again last year, though, when officials found her driving on a suspended license, which she got from unpaid traffic tickets, according to She was reportedly told to complete a relicensing program but never did and so police issued a criminal warrant for her arrest in September.

She is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

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