Former Westlake HS teacher arrested for improper relationship with students
AUSTIN, Texas —
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The Travis County Sheriff's Office arrested a former teacher for an improper relationship with two students.
Haeli Noelle Wey, 28, was charged with two counts of improper relationship between educator and student. Both counts are 2nd degree felonies.
Wey was a math teacher at Westlake High School until October 30 of this year.
According to court documents, Wey and one of the the victims had been communicating with each other through social media since the start of the school year. The alleged incident that led to the current charges happened during a hike in September. The arrest affidavit listed a series of texts between Wey and the victim that shows her inviting the victim on the hike and then asking the victim to delete the conversation from their phone.
Court documents say a juvenile witness found the exchange on the victim's phone and alerted authorities. The victim then provided details of the improper encounter to investigators during an interview.
The incident with the second student occurred during the summer. According to the affidavit, Wey invited the victim to her home where they had intercourse. The sexual relationship allegedly lasted several months. Authorities became aware of the incident after the victim made an outcry to their parent, who then alerted law enforcement.
Wey bonded out of the Travis County Jail Thursday night. Her bond was set at $75,000.
According to the Texas Education Agency, Wey voluntarily surrendered her teaching certification on December 15th.
Wey is ordered by the court not to have contact with the two alleged victims. The district is making counselors available for staff and students that have been affected by the incident.
On October 26, Eanes ISD Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard released a statement to parents and staff of Westlake High School on the initial report of inappropriate behavior. Dr. Leonard released another statement on the matter Thursday:
This morning, the Travis County Sheriff's Office notified Eanes ISD that Ms. Haeli Wey, former Westlake High School math teacher, was arrested and charged with two counts of Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student, which is a second degree felony.
As I previously stated in my October 30 letter to parents and staff, we trusted that the agencies investigating Ms. Wey would complete their investigations in due time and make the appropriate determinations. While, as of October 30, Ms. Wey was no longer employed by Eanes ISD, the school district continued to work with the Travis County Sheriff's Office, Child Protective Services (CPS) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) during their investigations.
This incident is shocking and upsetting. Every day, the Eanes community and thousands of families entrust us with the care and education of their children. And, every day, Eanes ISD staff members come to our schools to do the right thing for Eanes children.
I want to reinforce that this behavior is not tolerated in Eanes ISD. Inappropriate communication and relationships involving teachers and students is unacceptable and, as in this case, against the law. We trust that the justice system, with our continued cooperation, will reinforce this message.
Due to the nature of this situation, our counseling staff at all campuses is ready to provide support to students. 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.
We thank all the agencies involved for their diligence in the investigation, particularly the Travis County Sheriff's Office, the District Attorney's Office, TEA and CPS. We also thank the parents who we know have had tough conversations with their children about this situation, and have reinforced the importance of boundaries. These are important lessons of which we all need to take note.
Thank you for your continued support.