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Letourneau a pioneer of perversion

By Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun

Mary Kay Letourneau has been expelled.

The trailblazer of teaching temptresses — who famously had a sexual affair with a 12-year-old student in her class in 1996 and then married him — has been hit with separation papers.

But not so fast!

TMZ is reporting that Letourneau has filed a petition to have her young hubby, Vili Fualaau’s separation case canned.

A willowy mouseburger back in 1996, Letourneau was a married mother of four teaching in Seattle when she took a bite of forbidden fruit. She was 34.

Her pre-pubescent paramour was Grade 6 student Fualaau and their bizarre relationship led to screaming headlines around the world — and two illicit babies.

Now, they’re calling it quits.

“They’ve been having issues for a while now,” a source told People. “They tried to work through them, but it didn’t work. They’re still committed to being good parents to their children.”

Letourneau gave birth after she was arrested for child rape. Even when she was out on bail, she couldn’t stop having sex with the boy and was eventually jailed for seven years.

The duo married when she left prison.

But while reports of female teachers having sexual encounters with students was relatively rare at the time, Letourneau seems to have kicked down the door.

And female offenders still only get a tap on the wrist compared to male teaching professionals.

In 2004, a New York Times writer, Robin D. Stone, asked how differently the Letourneau saga would have been portrayed if she was a man in a relationship with a 12-year-old female student.

Lolita, anyone?

Stone wrote that instead of cries for the public school pervert to be locked up, she was described as “the siren who betrayed her husband and abandoned her four children in a misguided quest for love.”

“I think, ‘What would my life have been like if I had never made a move on Mary?’” Fualaau told People in 2006. “What if I had kept it as a crush and left it at that? Where would I be and where would she be — what would life be like?”