A former Westlake High School math teacher has been arrested after the Travis County sheriff’s office said she developed sexual relationships with two students this year.
Haeli Wey, 28, has been charged with two counts of improper relationship with a student, a second-degree felony. She was booked into Travis County Jail on Thursday morning with bail set at $150,000.
According to arrest affidavits, one of the two 17-year-old students 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 and their families became close. She sent him pictures of herself with little or no clothing, according to the affidavit. Sex between the student and Wey stopped after he discovered she went on a hike with the other 17-year-old, the document says.
According to the sheriff’s office, Wey sent messages on Instagram on Sept. 24 to the second student, who she had met at a summer camp, about going for a hike at Commons Ford Park. During the hike, they kissed and touched each other, the affidavit says. Wey told the student to delete the Instagram messages she sent him and “don’t let anyone get a hold of ur phone,” according to the affidavit.
Two people reported the alleged relationship to authorities, the record shows. As the investigation continued, Wey contacted the first student and asked him “why did you tell them” and called and texted him repeatedly until he responded, the affidavit says.
Wey, a district employee since 2013, resigned from the school district in October after Eanes school Superintendent Tom Leonard told parents in a letter that she had sent inappropriate electronic messages to a student.
Wey is one of 41 teachers that the Texas Education Agency has investigated for alleged improper student-teacher relationships since Sept. 1. She surrendered her teaching license Tuesday, according to the State Board of Educator Certification.
“This incident is shocking and upsetting,” Leonard said in a letter to parents and staff Thursday. “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.”