OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy who fled to Mexico with his former teacher will be allowed to return to the United States for a year, his lawyer said Thursday.

The Department of Homeland Security has granted the boy, an illegal immigrant, humanitarian parole, according to a letter sent to his lawyer, Amy Peck.

"(The boy) is going home," Peck told reporters. "At the very least, he gets to speak about what happened to him."

Marilu Cabrera, a spokeswoman for Citizenship and Immigration Services, said she couldn't comment on specific immigration cases.

The boy's former teacher, Kelsey Peterson, 25, of Lexington, Neb., remains in federal custody. She pleaded not guilty in November to federal charges of crossing a border to have sex with a minor and faces 10 years to life in prison if convicted.