Teacher Arrested in Mexico after Kidnapping Student Lover

Published: November 5, 2007

LEXINGTON, Neb. – A 25-year-old sixth grade mathematics teacher was arrested in Mexico Nov. 2 for running away with her 13-year-old former student.

Kelsey Peterson was charged with kidnapping, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She also faces federal charges of transporting a minor across a foreign border for sexual activity.

Peterson and the eighth grade student, Fernando Rodriguez, were seized in Mexicali, Mexico on the California border by Mexican officials. Rodriguez is a student in Peterson’s math course.

After police began investigating whether Peterson had an intimate relationship with the student, they fled the country. The boy was last seen Oct. 26.

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The pair was recognized after an automated system captured Peterson’s license plate in a photograph when passing through the San Ysidro, Calif., crossing.

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