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Former Mead High School teacher pleads guilty to sexual misconduct with student

UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Wesley Perez, a former Mead High School teacher who had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student, appears in court via video feed on May 24, 2018. The 38-year-old pleaded guilty on Monday, May 13, 2019, to one count of a sexual misconduct with a minor. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Wesley Perez, a former Mead High School teacher who had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student, appears in court via video feed on May 24, 2018. The 38-year-old pleaded guilty on Monday, May 13, 2019, to one count of a sexual misconduct with a minor. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Wesley Perez, a former Mead High School teacher who had a sexual relationship with one of his students, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Prosecutors dropped a second charge of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes in exchange for Perez’s plea. Judge Maryann Moreno presided over Monday’s hearing in Spokane County Superior Court.

Perez, 38, is scheduled to be sentenced June 28.

He was placed on paid administrative leave in April 2018 after school officials received an anonymous letter detailing a relationship with a 17-year-old female student in his Spanish class.

Detectives found that Perez and the student met at a leadership camp in early 2017 and began a sexual relationship about a month afterward. They met outside of school and in his classroom; on some occasions, he wrote notes to excuse the student’s tardiness to her next class.

He later told the student to lie about the situation, claiming he had been nothing more than a “confidant and father figure,” according to court records.

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