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In the '90s, Mary Kay LeTourneau (left), a 34-year-old mother of four and teacher, became a household name after she was arrested for having sex with her 13-year-old student, Vili Fualaau. LeTourneau was convicted of child rape. While in prison, she gave birth to two children...both fathered by Vili.

Since LeTourneau's story broke, the number of female teachers reported preying on young boys has become a disturbing trend, Oprah says. While very controversial, some argue that sexual relationships between women and underage boys are consensual.

Lawmakers also seem to draw a distinction between male and female sex offenders. Sometimes women who are convicted of child molestation receive lighter sentences than their male counterparts.

One recent case received a flurry of media attention. In March 2006 prosecutors dropped charges against Debra LaFave (right), a middle school teacher who admitted that she had sex with a 14-year-old student. LaFave avoided prison time altogether by accepting a plea agreement. She was sentenced to three years house arrest and seven years of probation.
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FROM: Female Teachers, Young Boys, Secret Sex at School
Published on April 27, 2006

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