They are students at risk who pursue an alternative education at the Center for Educational Opportunity in Aberdeen, Maryland, and in March, police discovered a teacher, 31-year-old Ethan Estevez, had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
"There were friends and relatives of the victim that brought it to the attention of police," said Harford County State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly, who confirmed that's when investigators first learned of a plot to kill his wife.
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.
"He's now been charged in the District Court and it will be presented to the grand jury with conspiracy to commit murder," said Cassilly.
Estevez has now been released on a $75,000 bond in spite of any potential threat he may pose to the woman he once married, cheated on and plotted to kill.
"We've been in touch with her. We've had that discussion,” said Cassilly, “She's been invited to come meet with the investigator to discuss those resources and it's left up to her at this point in time."
Court papers suggest Estevez started the relationship with the female student in September of 2012 when she would have been 15 years old.