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Ex-teacher faces new hearing over visit with `victim'

A former teacher who had sex with a 13-year-old student and bore his child was under a suicide watch before a hearing on how to punish her for violating parole by meeting with him.

Mary Kay LeTourneau was returned to the King County Jail pending Friday's hearing in the heavily publicized case before Superior Court Judge Linda Lau.Police caught LeTourneau, 35, in a car with the boy, now 14, near her home Tuesday, a month after she was released from jail. Later that day, prosecutor Norm Maleng said he would seek reinstatement of her nearly 71/2-year prison term.

The boy had called her to arrange a meeting, according to his lawyer, Robert Huff.

LeTourneau pleaded guilty in August to child rape and was sentenced to six months in jail with credit for time served and good behavior.

Lau suspended the prison term on the condition that LeTourneau complete a three-year sex-offender treatment program and avoid all contact with juveniles, including the boy.

In interviews, both have said they are in love with each other. The boy has objected to being called a victim, and his mother pleaded with the judge not to impose a prison term on LeTourneau when she was sentenced in November.