Mary Kay Letourneau fined for driving with suspended license

SEATTLE -- Former teacher Mary Kay Letourneau was back in a King County courtroom Thursday, charged with driving on a suspended license.

Letourneau brought proof she's since had her license renewed, and the judge reduced her penalty to a $124 fine.

Police issued a warrant for her arrest her earlier this month after she failed to appear in court for traffic violations.

Prosecutors say Letourneau was originally pulled over for expired tabs a year ago and was found to have a suspended license for unpaid traffic tickets. She was ordered into a state relicensing program which would require repayments of fines and help her work to get her license back and avoid a criminal charge.

Letourneau failed to show for that program and a criminal case was filed, prosecutors said. And when she failed to appear in court for the criminal case hearing in September, a warrant was issued for her arrest.

It was that outstanding warrant that led to her arrest after being pulled over by a Tukwila police officer on Jan. 6.

The notorious Letourneau made international headlines back in the late 1990s after she was convicted of raping a 12-year-old who had once been her student in the Highline School District. She became pregnant with his baby and wound up spending years behind bars.

She and her former student, Vili Fualaau, ended up getting married nine years ago after her release from prison. They have two daughters - a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old.

Now 50, Letourneau became a grandmother two years ago when the oldest son from her first marriage had a daughter.