A former Westlake High School teacher faces felony charges of having an improper relationship with two students, the Travis County sheriff’s office announced Thursday.
Math teacher Haeli Wey, 28, faces two counts of improper relationship between educator and student.
According to the arrest affidavits, one of the 17-year-old victim told authorities that he had sex with Wey about 10 times between August and September after he met her at a student ministry program over the summer. She also sent him pictures of herself with little to no clothing, according to an affidavit. Sex between the student and Wey stopped after he discovered she went on a hike with another student, the document says.
The sheriff’s office said that during that hike, Wey and a 17-year-old student, who she had met that summer during camp, kissed and had other sexual contact. Authorities said that Wey told the student via Instagram to delete the messages she sent to him and “don’t let anyone get a hold of ur phone.”
She was booked into Travis County Jail on $75,000 bail for each count and was in custody as of Thursday afternoon.According to Texas law, sexual contact between a certified teacher and a student could be punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
The investigation is ongoing, sheriff’s office spokesperson Roger Wade said.
School district superintendent Tom Leonard described the allegations of sex — and lewd photo correspondence — between the 17-year-old male students and the 27-year-old math teacher as “shocking and upsetting.”
Students who did not participate in any sexual activity or receive nude photos may need therapy to recover from the trauma of learning about it, he said.
“Due to the nature of this situation, our counseling staff at all campuses is ready to provide support to students,” Leonard said in a Thursday statement obtained by KEYE-TV. “While this may be primarily a secondary school issue, we have an obligation to support students district-wide through what may be an intense and uncomfortable legal process.”