Man found with teenage girl in Mexico held on $500,000 bail

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Esterly bail set: Alicia Vitarelli reports on Action News at 5 p.m., March 25, 2018 (WPVI)

A man authorities said frequently checked a teenager out of school without her parents' knowledge and fled to Mexico with her is being held on $500,000 bail.

Court documents indicate that 45-year-old Kevin Esterly was arraigned early Sunday on a felony charge of interference with the custody of a child.


The Lehigh County district attorney's office said Esterly arrived Saturday in Allentown, 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia, after being extradited from Miami, Florida.

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Man who fled to Mexico with teen soon headed to Pennsylvania. Sarah Bloomquist reports during Action News at 5pm on March 19, 2018.



Federal agents and Mexican authorities found the married father of four and 16-year-old Amy Yu in Playa del Carmen a week ago and flew them to Miami. They had been missing since March 5.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled April 2. The county public defender's office, listed as representing Esterly, couldn't be reached for comment.

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