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Teacher Who Fled With Teen-age Student to Surrender

May 16, 1995

NEW YORK (AP) _ The 33-year-old teacher who ran off cross-country with a 15-year-old student has returned to New York to turn himself in, a school spokeswoman said today.

The teacher, Glenn Harris, accused of kidnapping ninth-grader Christina Rosado, was expected to surrender late in the morning accompanied by lawyers William Kunstler and Ron Kuby.

The girl was in an undisclosed location in New York City, according to Peter Antioco, attorney for the teen’s mother. ``We’re trying to find out where,″ he said. ``That’s the $64,000 question.″

Harris and Rosado met in September at the Creative Learning Community, an alternative school in East Harlem where he was a teacher. They ran away March 7 after her mother intercepted a love letter the girl wrote him.

Edward Stancik, the school system’s commissioner for special investigations, stressed last week that even though Christina apparently went willingly with Harris, ``this is a crime. There is a reason why the law prohibits somebody under the age of 17 from giving consent.″

The tabloids dubbed Harris ``Classanova.″ Police tracked the pair through six states, a series of cheap motels, an amusement park and a Las Vegas casino. On March 14, in Jackson, Miss., and on April 3, in Columbus, Ga., Harris sought advice on marriage laws and licenses, police said.

New York school officials are investigating whether the case was handled properly in the months before the couple’s flight.

The school principal reported Harris to Stancik’s office in January. In February, Harris was transferred to another school _ not as punishment, but because he had requested the transfer some time earlier. His relationship with Christina continued after he left the first school.

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