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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man who frequently checked a teenager out of school without her mother’s knowledge and fled to Mexico with her has pleaded guilty to corruption of a minor in a deal with prosecutors.
As part of Thursday’s deal, other charges including a felony were dropped against 45-year-old Kevin Esterly.
Federal agents found Yu and Esterly in Playa del Carmen in March.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Matthew Falk says Yu says it was her idea to flee the country, and after she told Esterly, he decided to join her. She says he was like a father to her and denies the relationship was sexual.
Falk says the prosecution had been hindered in their pursuit of the felony charges because Yu has continued to stick with her version of events.
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