Jeana Wesson turned herself in after the alleged victim told someone of the alleged encounters

By Karen Mizoguchi
March 01, 2019 01:43 PM
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Credit: Courtesy Denton Police Department

A high school teacher in Texas was arrested Thursday on allegations of having sex with a 17-year-old student in her classroom.

Guyer High School chemistry teacher and aquatics coach Jeana Wesson turned herself in after the alleged victim shared his story with someone who is required by law to report the incident to the police, according to the arrest warrant affidavit obtained by Fox32, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Wesson has been charged with having an improper relationship with a student, a second-degree felony. If convicted, Wesson could face two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Wesson had been the student’s chemistry teacher during his sophomore year. Two years later, in 2017, the student allegedly said he and Wesson began exchanging sexually explicit text messages and talked about having sex, reports Fox32.

In May 2017, Wesson allegedly waited until everyone except the student had left her classroom before she locked the door and had a sexual encounter with him, the arrest affidavit states, according to Star-Telegram.

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Wesson is no longer listed on the Denton Independent School District’s online staff directory.

School district administrators became aware of the allegations Monday, and a substitute teacher has been covering Wesson’s classes since Tuesday, according to a statement from district spokesman Derrick Jackson, who spoke with the Record-Chronicle.

Wesson, who is certified to teach sixth through 12th grade in secondary science and secondary biology, has been placed on leave pending the outcome of an internal and police investigation, according to Fox32.

The teacher remains in Denton City Jail, according to jail records. It was not immediately clear if Wesson has retained an attorney who could comment on her behalf.

A spokesperson for the Denton Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.