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No New Charges For Teacher

Prosecutors in Seattle have decided not to file any additional charges against Mary Kay Letourneau -- the jailed schoolteacher who recently gave birth to a second child fathered by one of her former students. She's already serving a seven-year term after pleading guilty to child rape.

King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng told a news conference Friday morning that justice was sufficiently served when Letourneau was sent to prison for seven years and five months earlier this year.

Prosecutors had considered filing a third-degree child rape charge against Letourneau after she gave birth to her second daughter by Vili Fualaau, 15, one of her former pupils. Had she been convicted of that charge, she could have faced an additional five years in prison.

Letourneau was an elementary school teacher in the Seattle-area Highline School District when she began a sexual relationship with Fualaau, then 13, who had been her pupil in the second and sixth grades. Letourneau, 36, has described him as "the love of my life."

After their first child, a girl named Audrey, was born in May 1997, Letourneau pleaded guilty to second-degree child rape. A judge suspended the bulk of her sentence, but within days after her release from jail in January, she violated a court order by having contact with Fualaau.

Three days after she was arrested in a car with him on Feb. 3, her prison term was reinstated.

Their second daughter, Georgia, was born Oct. 16.

Fualaau has repeatedly denied being a victim, and his mother and other relatives have said they accept Letourneau as one of their family. He is to return Sunday from Europe, where he has been on a tour promoting a book he and Letourneau wrote about their affair.

Letourneau's estranged husband, Steve Letourneau, has filed for divorce and has custody of their four children, the oldest about Fualaau's age.

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