updated 7/2/2008 7:10:06 PM ET 2008-07-02T23:10:06

A former teacher pleaded guilty Wednesday to fleeing to Mexico with a 13-year-old student so she could have sex with him.

The deal 26-year-old Kelsey Peterson struck with prosecutors means she'll likely face nearly six years in federal prison.

She pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of sex. Attorney Amy Peck, who represents the boy and his family, said they're ready for the case to be over.

Peterson and the boy left Lexington in October and were found a week later in Mexicali, Mexico.

Peterson still faces state charges, which include kidnapping and first-degree sexual assault.

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