Mary Kay Letourneau, 43, married her former student, Vili Filau, after spending more than seven years in jail for statutory rape. The two started a sexual relationship when he was in sixth grade, and have two children together. Throughout Letourneau's time in prison, Filau maintained he entered the relationship willingly.
"Kids want lots of things that aren't good for them," said child advocate Trenny Stovall. "That's why we have laws to protect them."
More recently, Debra Lafave, a newlywed schoolteacher in Florida, was accused of having sex with one of her 14-year-old students.
"In some cases when they are drawn into these relationships, it brings them back to a time when they felt most alive, which was adolescence," said psychotherapist Robi Ludwig. "And/or they never got to experience that alive sense in high school and this is their chance to get that feeling."