Wesley Perez, the 37-year-old teacher accused of being in a lengthy sexual relationship with a student at Mead High School says he knew his feelings were “wrong.”
Perez appeared in front of a Spokane County judge Thursday afternoon and was officially charged with sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree and communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
According to newly released court documents Perez and the student, who was 16-years-old at the time, hugged several times at a leadership camp during the 2016-2017 school year. Documents say during one of those hugs, Perez lifted her off the ground and said “I don’t want to let go.”
In the week returning from the leadership camp, Perez would meet with the student in his classroom before and after school. Documents say the two eventually exchanged phone numbers and had a six-hour conversation.
During that conversation, documents say Perez told the student he knew the feelings he had for her were “wrong” and he “shouldn’t have.”
Documents also say Perez and the student exchanged SnapChat IDs during the phone conversation and thereafter communicated through the social media app.
During the last week of March 2017 (about a week after they met), Perez and the student met in his classroom. Documents say during that meeting, Perez closed his classroom door and they began “making out” before it escalated to intimate touching.
The case file states that Perez and the student met on two other occasions and that they “just kissed.”
Court records say that for the remainder of the school year, the student would meet with Perez in his classroom before and after school nearly every day.
But according to documents, a fellow teacher contacted Perez and told him about his suspicions regarding their frequent visits and that they agreed she should not be seen in Perez’s classroom.
Investigators say the girl and Perez continued to meet outside of the classroom until the end of the 2016-2017 school year and engage in sexual activity off campus.
The two stopped meeting over the summer because the student told Perez she could not continue “doing whatever this is,” according to court documents.
In October of 2017, Perez contacted the student and invited her to his house while his wife and kids were out of town.
The student agreed and documents say they had sex.
Records also say they met at Perez’s house several more times and had sex while his wife was at work and his kids were asleep.
School officials placed Perez on paid administrative leave and contacted law enforcement last month after receiving an anonymous letter from a student who detailed some of the relationship.
Perez’s bond was set at $100,000. His next court date is June 5.
A Mead High School teacher has been arrested and charged with having a sexual relationship with a student.
Last month, court records showed 37-year-old Mead High School teacher Wesley Perez was under investigation for having an inappropriate relationship with a student. On Wednesday, the inmate roster at the Spokane County Jail shows Perez was booked into jail Wednesday morning on a charge of 1st Degree Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.
According to a search warrant filed in court on April 27th, Mead High School principal Jeff Naslund received an anonymous letter detailing Perez's relationship with the student.
The letter said that they met at a leadership camp during the 2016-2017 school year, and that initial contact eventually led to a sexual relationship. The letter said that the student and Perez had been exchanging texts and that Perez took the student's virginity.
Principal Naslund turned the letter over to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office who opened an investigation.
According to the court documents, deputies contacted the student, who denied the relationship and said she and Perez had not been in contact at all. She also said she did not have a Facebook page, a Snapchat account, or a Twitter page. However, subsequent interviews with the student's mother show that she may have a Snapchat account. Deputies filed the search warrant to get access to the student's cell phone to see if it holds any clues as to the extent of her relationship with the teacher.
In April, administrators at the Mead School District declined to comment on the matter and would not even say if the teacher was still working in a classroom or had been put on leave during the investigation. Students at the school said Perez was no longer in a classroom.
Following the arrest of Perez, Mead Assistant Superintendent Ralph Thayer issued the following statement:
"We want to reiterate that when the Mead School District received an anonymous letter about the concern we immediately notified law enforcement and CPS. When it comes to child safety we always take appropriate matters and are taking this matter very seriously."
Perez is expected to make his first court appearance today.