A Texas high school teacher convicted of sexually abusing two teenaged students will not have to register as a sex offender due to a quirk in state laws.
Haeli Noelle Wey, a 28-year-old math teacher from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, was arrested in October of 2015 for having a sexual relationship with two teenaged students.
The teacher pleaded guilty to two charges of having an improper relationship with the students on February 3.
Wey admitted to initiating a sexual relationship with the first student when she accompanied the boy’s family on a trip to Africa. She later began sexting another student and then started a sexual relationship with him as well. Both students were 17 at the time.
Despite her conviction, though, Wey won’t be serving time in prison as prosecutors recommended a 10-year probation sentence.
But through a quirk in state law, the convicted abuser will not have to register as a sex offender.
As it happens, both students were 17 years old and the age of consent in Texas is 17. Therefore, according to the law, Wey didn’t abuse “children.”
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