Visa might be granted to nondocumented Mexican student
The 13-year-old Mexican boy who fled the country with his school teacher amid a sexual abuse case between the two might be granted a visa to return to the country.
The week before the boy and his middle-school teacher Kelsey Peterson left for Mexico he applied for a visa that is granted to victims of sexual crimes. The visa will allow him to stay in the country for another four years and eventually apply for permanent residency. His parents and unmarried sibling under 18 can also apply for the visa.
The teacher is still in custody in El Centro, Calif. where she is charged with federal charges of crossing state lines to have sex with a minor, which is punishable by 10 years to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The boy can only receive the visa if he returns to the United States and cooperates with authorities investigating the sex crime.
The boy said he considered Peterson his best friend but not his girlfriend. He also said they had sex "maybe twice."