CRIME
08/14/2014 11:21 am ET Updated Aug 14, 2014

Teacher Ethan Estevez Plotted Murder Of Wife With Teen Student: Police

Prosecutors in Maryland allege that a teacher accused of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teen student plotted with the girl to murder his wife.

Ethan Estevez, 31, worked as a biology teacher at the Center for Educational Opportunity in Aberdeen, an alternative school serving at-risk youth. He was charged last June with child sex abuse after police learned of his relationship with a 17-year-old girl who attended the school, according to WBAL.

But it appears Estevez's alleged criminal activity didn't stop there. After relatives of the victim reported the sexual relationship to police, investigators say they unearthed a plot to murder the teacher's wife.

Estevez has been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, Harford County State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly confirmed this week. His case will go before a grand jury.

“It’s not the kind of thing that we would charge lightly,” Cassilly told CBS Baltimore. If convicted, he could face life in prison, according to the station.

ABC affiliate WMAR reports:

According to charging documents, detectives later learned that his juvenile mistress had told classmates she could get someone to kill her for $600, but it had to look like an accident because of the life insurance.

At one point, it appears Estevez spoke of making it look like a hit-and-run accident, but later he allegedly explained to a potential hit man how they could arrange for her to die in a drive-by shooting outside a restaurant in Harford County, and the gunman was instructed to then shoot Estevez in the arm to make it look random.

Estevez has been released on $75,000 bond. His attorney says her client denies involvement in the plot.

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