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Inappropriate Relationships With Students & Teachers

On Thursday, Dec. 17, a former Texas high school math teacher was arrested for having an inappropriate relationship with two of her students.

H. Noelle Wey, 28, was reportedly removed from the classroom in late October. She is now facing two counts of improper relationship between an educator and student, both second-degree felonies.

Westlake High School hired Wey on Aug. 15, 2013. According to the district, the teacher cleared her background checks when she was hired.

In the past few years, there have been multiple media reports of Texas teachers having sexual relationships with their students, and this trend is disconcerting for parents.

In November 2015, the Texas Education Agency admitted that the number of investigations into teachers having inappropriate relationships with students has been rising, KRON4 News and KXAN reported.

Number of agency investigations in Texas:

  • 2009-2010: 141
  • 2013-2014: 179
  • 2014-2015: 188

With so many investigations of this kind, they have Texas parents concerned about their children’s safety and welfare, not to mention their legal rights.

Filing a Claim Against the Predator’s Employer

Children who are the sexual targets of adults in a position of trust can suffer serious psychological injuries and be scarred for life. While such offenders may face criminal consequences, there is often no financial penalty that goes toward their victims.

In cases where a child has been sexually abused by an educator or someone else in a “professional” setting, they may be able to bring a civil lawsuit against the offender’s employer for emotional distress, pain and suffering and other damages.

While it may be difficult to obtain fair compensation from the sexual predator themselves, it may be possible to include their employer in the suit, especially when the employer entrusted the offender to care for the child victim, or where they failed to address any red flags or properly conduct a background check.

If your child was victimized by someone who was in a position of trust through a school, afterschool program, church, extracurricular activity, summer camp, recreation center, or other similar setting, it may be possible to file a claim against the predator’s employer for much-needed compensation.

Contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm to learn more about filing a civil lawsuit against those who are legally liable for your child’s victimization.