Rapist and pedophile Mary Kay Letourneau has died.

It wasn’t an affair.  Let’s get things straight now.

Mary Kay Letourneau did NOT “have an affair” with one of her students.  She did not just “engage in sexual relations” with that student.  She raped him.  While he was in sixth grade and she was his teacher.

I say this because  Mary Kay Letourneau has passed away.  Cancer.  58.

Here’s what bothers me about this.  Right now, all the obituaries for Mary Kay Letourneau are sugar-coating what happened between her and student Vili Fualaau.  They’re talking about “intimate relations” and not what it really was.  Child rape.

I get it. It’s a double standard.  If this had been a story about the passing of Joey Buttafuoco (he’s still alive), there would be plenty of references to who he manipulated and raped a teenaged Amy Fisher.  But if the assault victim is a male boy, and the authority figure is a female woman, then the stories seem to fall into the “Summer of ’42” genre.  “Mature woman in loveless marriage falls for precocious teen who is more advanced than his years,” or shit like that.

Trust me, this was one of the trainwreck stories of the 90’s.  Right up there with Lorena Bobbitt, a victim of intense domestic and sexual abuse, finally getting revenge on her abusive husband.  The Letourneau story was portrayed as salacious and erotic, a 90’s version of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie combined with Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher.”  Heck, the Letourneau story was made into a TV movie.

I don’t care how much you sugar-coat this.  Mary Kay Letourneau was a child sexual predator.  She committed statutory rape with her student.  He was twelve years old when the rapes started.  She became pregnant with his child.  She was arrested and jailed.  She was paroled, with the condition that she not see the boy again.  Within weeks, they were together and she was pregnant with his second child.

I understand they got married, and that a few years ago they filed for a legal separation.  It doesn’t matter.  She groomed him, she raped him, and that’s all there is to it.

Again, I say this.  If this had been a male schoolteacher involved with a female sixth grader, that teacher would have been drawn and quartered for sure.  The genders are switched, but the repugnant storyline is still the same.

Just know that in your 58 years on this earth, Mary Kay Letourneau, this is what you accomplished in your life.

Thoughts and prayers to your family, your children, and your victim.

But no thoughts and prayers to you.