Teacher avoids jail time for relationships with students

Haeli Wey (Travis County Sheriff's Office)

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — Former Westlake High School teacher Haeli Wey has been sentenced to 10 years of deferred adjudication probation after pleading guilty to having improper relationships with students.

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Wey, 29, faced two counts of improper relationship between educator and student after one of her students came forward and told authorities he had sex with her in 2015. As a part of her plea deal, Wey will not spend any time in jail and under her deferred probation if she completes her sentence the case will be dismissed.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office started investigating when school administrators received word of possible inappropriate text messages between Wey and a 17-year-old male student. When investigators spoke to the student, he said he met Wey at summer camp and didn’t realize she was a teacher at his school until he started the new school year in August. When asked if he was expecting to have sex with Wey, he said “yeah,” continued in the affidavit.

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While investigators were questioning the initial student, a second 17-year-old student came forward and said he had sex with Wey several times over the span of two months but he stopped because he found out she went on a hike with the other student, according to the affidavit.

The second victim told police Wey’s family was close to his family and the two had met at ministry program in June of this year. He said their relationship escalated when Wey accompanied his family on a trip.

Wey was a math teacher with the Eanes Independent School District for two years.

The Texas Education Agency says from September 2016 through December 2016, they investigated 80 reports of inappropriate relationships involving educators and students. Currently, in Texas, it’s illegal for a teacher to have an inappropriate relationship with a student in their own district, but there’s no law that says a teacher can’t have a relationship with a student from a different district.

State Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park, has filed House Bill 218 during this legislative session to make sure any sexual relationship with a student is illegal.

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