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January 7, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Arrested on a warrant yesterday, Mary K. Letourneau has bailed out of jail

Mary K. Letourneau, who was arrested Monday on a misdemeanor warrant, has bailed out of jail.

Letourneau, the 51-year-old former elementary-school teacher who served prison time after raping one of her  students, was arrested by Tukwila police and booked into jail shortly before 5 a.m. Monday. She was wanted for driving without a license, authorities said.

On Jan. 4, 2013, a Washington State Patrol trooper pulled over Letourneau for having expired tabs, King County prosecutors said. The trooper found that she had a suspended license, due to unpaid traffic infractions. Her vehicle registration was also expired and she had no proof of insurance, prosecutors said.

She  was cited and released.

In September, however, she failed to show up at a court hearing in connection with the case and an arrest warrant for third-degree driving with a suspended license was issued.

Letourneau is expected to have a bail hearing at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent this afternoon. It’s unclear whether the hearing will now happen.

Letourneau and Vili Fualaau, now 30,  first met when he was in the second grade at Burien’s Shorewood Elementary School and she was a married mother of four. Their relationship became sexual when he was 12.

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