A 28-year-old former math teacher from Westlake, Texas, is facing the prospect of a long prison sentence after she was arrested and accused of having sexual relations with two 17-year-old students.
Haeli Wey was charged on two counts of inappropriate relations with a student and bonds were set at $75,000 for each offense, according to the Austin American Statesman.
Wey reportedly met the first student during a ministry program last summer. She subsequently traveled with the student and his family to Africa.
Wey and the student allegedly had sex around ten times between August and September.
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That relationship ended when the student heard Wey had gone on a hike with another 17-year-old. During the trip, the two kissed and engaged in other inappropriate sexual contact.
Wey is also accused of sending pictures to the second student of herself wearing virtually no clothing.
“don’t let anyone get a hold of the phone,” she reportedly wrote to him, asking him to delete the pictures, according to the Statesman.
Texas law stipulates that any relationship between a registered teacher and student can result in a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
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The first concern about Wey’s behavior was raised in October, when the Eades school district suspended her from her math class due to a report of inappropriate communications between her and a student via social media.
Wey’s name was not released at the time, but it the wake of her arrest it has been confirmed that the allegation involved her.
“The teacher was removed from the classroom and her employment will be terminated, pending Board consideration,” an email sent by the school district to parents at the time read, KVUE reported.
The Texas Education Agency noted that the number of inappropriate relations reported between teachers and students in the state has increased over the past several years. In 2009-10, 141 such cases were recorded, rising to 188 in 2014-15.
There are 342,257 public school teachers in Texas.