Nebraska School Fires Teacher Who Fled to Mexico with 13 Year-Old Student

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A Nebraska middle school teacher accused of having sex with a 13-year-old student and fleeing with him to Mexico has been fired.

Without public comment, the Lexington School Board voted 6-0 last night to terminate Kelsey Peterson's contract.

Peterson was put on administrative leave late last month after allegations surfaced that she was having an inappropriate relationship with the student.

She faces a federal charge 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. A judge denied bail for her last week.

Yesterday, Peterson's attorney argued that the boy shares more responsibility for their relationship and flight than has been alleged by authorities.

The attorney also says the boy might be older than 13 -- and perhaps old enough that a statutory rape charge wouldn't apply.

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