ALLENTOWN, Pa. - "Something went terribly wrong…with Amy."
John Waldron, Stacey Esterly's attorney, begins the story of the roller coaster ride for the Esterly family, which he says started last summer.
But, he adds, it had been years in the making.
"Amy's been known to the family for like eight years. They've gone on vacations, they've gone to the shore, amusement parks, but the situation with Kevin kind of has gotten more serious over the last eight months," he says.
Stacey says she invited Amy into her home. Her husband Kevin told her Amy didn't have a father around. The couple already had four girls ranging in age from two to 14.
Kevin said he could be Amy's father figure, too.
But as time went on, Stacey started noticing things weren't right.
"It was clear because of the way they would behave with each other…It was clear in a woman's intuition, she could tell, it was more than that," Waldron says.
Waldron says Stacey found inappropriate text messages and pictures of Amy in a bikini on Kevin's phone, and confronted him.
She says the more Kevin denied everything, the more their relationship crumbled.
"And they would fight almost every day about that. Because Kevin was not taking care of Stacey as a wife, and taking care of his four daughters. He was spending more time with Amy and it was apparent, so they were arguing and fighting. 'How come dad isn't around?' the girls would say."
Waldron says the fights happened in front of Amy and the couple's children.
"And Stacey would say to Amy, 'Do you see what is happening with me? and the way he treats me in front of you and the girls?' But it didn't seem to have any impact," Waldron says.
Finally, Waldron says a kind of “intervention” was staged.
Amy's mother, Mui Luu, who had found text messages on her daughter's phone at this point, met with Stacey, Kevin, and Amy. Amy and Kevin were told to stay away from each other.
"But it didn't last - at all," Waldron adds.
Kevin Esterly ended up getting an apartment in downtown Allentown near Amy's home. Earlier this year, Stacey began looking into divorce.
Waldron says Kevin kept spending time with Amy, so much so, that he lost his job.
"And then he was checking Amy out of school and doing things that were inappropriate at his age, with a 16-year-old girl, and eventually lead to them taking off and going to now what we believe is Mexico," says Waldron.
Waldron says there's more than just one victim of Kevin Esterly. Not only, he says, has a teenage girl's life been forever altered, but four other young girls, and a soon-to-be ex-wife.
"It's difficult for her," Waldron says, adding, "And then the embarrassment as her daughters get older to understand this happened - it was in the newspaper, it was national, and international - they're going to need some counseling too, probably."
Waldron says despite what Stacey Esterly has been through, she still has a heart for the young girl she invited into her home so many years ago.
"She wants Amy to come home to her Mom. She's 16 years old and Stacey has four daughters," Waldron says, saying Stacey wants the public to know that her ultimate concern now is Amy.
"Kevin's the adult, he's 45 years old. So, he'll have to deal with the fed or state system ultimately, but Amy's going to have to deal with this her whole life as a young girl."
A GoFundMe page has been started to help Stacey Esterly and her four children.
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