Jenna Wesson, 46-years-old, has been identified at the Denton Guyer High School science teacher who has been arrested and charged for allegedly having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teenage student.
According to the Denton Police Department, Wesson, 46, allegedly sent explicit photos to and performed a sexual act on an unidentified 17-year-old student.
The arrest affidavit states that the victim told authorities that Wesson was his chemistry teacher during his sophomore year and the two began exchanging sexually explicit text messages when he was a senior.
Then, in May 2017, the unidentified victim claimed that Wesson performed oral sex on him in her classroom.
Wesson turned herself in to police around 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 28 and was booked into the Denton City Jail.
Denton Guyer High School is located at 7501 Teasley Lane in Denton, Texas.
Since the beginning of 2019 alone, a handful of teachers have been arrested on similar charges, including Beulah High School teacher Kelsie Schmidt in North Dakota, Rancocas Valley Regional High School teacher Alexandra Reiner in New Jersey, and 50-year-old Florida substitute teacher Angela Jean Stanton in Florida. Additionally, Texas teacher Meredith Null was arrested on similar charges.
As for why there has been an increase in teacher’s being charged with sex-related crimes over recent years, studies suggest that smartphones are the primary reason for the spike in illicit relationships, as it allows teachers to communicate with the minors without supervision.
According to a report from the Texas Education Association, smartphones make easy for teachers to privately text and talk with students and also make it possible for teachers and students to share explicit images.
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