OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Department of Homeland Security is giving
a 14-year-old boy who fled to Mexico with his former teacher a
chance to temporarily return to the United States.
The boy's lawyer says the agency has granted humanitarian
Kelsey Peterson, who remains in federal custody, and the boy
went missing in Nebraska in October. They were found a week later
Peterson has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of crossing a
border to have sex with a minor. She faces 10 years to life in
prison if convicted.
Peterson also faces state charges, including two sexual-assault
charges that were added after she entered her federal court plea.
A lawyer for the boy says he's still in Mexico, but plans to
cross back into the U.S. in a few days. She says he'll return to
Lexington, Nebraska to live with his mother, but probably won't
return to the middle school he had been attending.
It's not clear if he would take the stand in any trial.
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