Cancun, Q.R. — An American man who flew to Cancun with a minor teenage girl reported as missing, is being held on $500,000 USD bail.
Authorities say that 45-year-old Kevin Esterly arrived in Allentown, Pennsylvania Saturday after being arrested in Mexico and flown to Miami earlier in the month. According to court documents, Esterly was arraigned Sunday on a felony charge of interference with the custody of a child.
Wife, Stacey Esterly, filed for divorce Monday citing citing infidelity and “irretrievable breakdown” of their marriage. The couple had been married 12 years when her husband began a relationship with 16-year-old Amy Yu.
According to The Morning Call, Stacey Esterly is requesting spousal support and alimony saying she’s unable to “sustain herself during the course of the litigation”.
Kevin Esterly flew himself and Yu to Cancun after the girl had been reported missing by her mother March 5. Tips lead authorities to their entry into the country. Mexico issued an Amber Alert for the missing teen. They were located March 18 in the seaside resort city of Playa del Carmen where Kevin was arrested.
The pair were flown back to Miami where Yu was eventually reunited with her family and Kevin, arrested and extradited to US authorities where he was transferred to Lehigh County, Pennsylvania to face charges.
Amy Yu was reported to be best friends with the eldest daughter of Kevin Esterly. Authorities say Yu willingly got on a plane and flew to Mexico with Esterly.
Esterly was listed as Yu’s stepfather on school records and frequently checked the 16-year-old out of school without her single-mother’s knowledge.
Bail for Esterly, a father of four, has been set at $500,000 USD. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 2.