Decades later, here are their daughters. Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau introduced their teenage daughters Audrey and Georgia during their pre-taped sit-down interview with Barbara Walters on ABC News' 20/20, which airs Friday, April 10.
The controversial couple first started their illicit relationship in 1996 when Fualaau was 12 and a student in Letourneau's sixth-grade class — and she was a 34-year-old married mother of four. Their affair continued and was exposed after she became pregnant with their first child Audrey, now 17. As the story goes, Letourneau, now 53, was sentenced to prison, where she welcomed their second daughter Georgia, now 16, in the slammer.
The girls are now in their teens, and both are older than their father was when his affair began. They are also about to witness their parents' 10th wedding anniversary.
"Probably why I looked so forward to getting married is because I already knew what kind of father he was," Letourneau told Walters of Fualaau, now 31. "Just knowing his personality and how invested he was in being a father."
Per ABC, both Audrey and Georgia are students in the same school district where their mother used to teach. Audrey will graduate from high school this June, and has subsequent plans to attend community college. Her younger sister Georgia is 16 years old and a member of the cheerleading squad. Both daughters are part of the school's choir.
They are also both aware of the controversial circumstances under which their parents met. ABC News reported, however, that the girls "seemed unfazed" by the scandal.
According to Letourneau, the girls became aware that something was different about their family while visiting their mom in prison.
"There was never a sit-down chat, 'Now is the time we're going to talk to our children about this,'" Letourneau explained. "They seemed to already know… because they grew up with it… There's just never been a 'Wow, we better explain.'"
As for why the family is coming forward now to have this candid (and very public!) discussion? "It is our 10-year anniversary, and we already know that no matter how protective we are, that there's going to be a wave of intrusion in our life right now that we can't stop," Letourneau reflected. "So it's about doing the most responsible thing to protect our girls for the inevitable."
The family's interview with Barbara Walters airs Friday, April 10, on ABC's 20/20.