SPOKANE, Wash. – A Mead High School Spanish teacher pleaded not guilty in court on Tuesday on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
Wesley Perez is accused of having sex with a student who attended the high school. A judge set Perez’s bond at $100,000.
Perez's wife is requesting his bond be lowered so he can be home to help care for their kids. His defense attorney told the judge he filed a motion for a change of bond saying Perez's wife is in a crisis. KREM 2 obtained the letter Perez's wife, Beth, submitted to the court about the hardships she is facing while Perez is in custody. She wrote to that judge that she is an overnight nurse and is having difficulty finding childcare due to her work schedule.
Beth goes on to say, "It would be in our family's best interest for (Perez) to come home until his next court appearance."
She said he would not miss his next court date. The judge agreed to hear the reduce bond motion on Thursday and set Perez's trial for July 30.
Court documents previously released gave more details into Perez’s relationship with the 17-year-old girl. The two had met during a leadership camp during the 2016-2017 school year. Court documents said during the camp, Perez hugged the victim, lifted her off the ground and said, “I don’t want to let go.”
A few weeks later the victim said she gave Perez her phone number. The day she gave him her number, they had a six-hour conversation where he told her he had feelings for her and he knew they were wrong. They later exchanged Snapchat information. The victim said she told two friends about the relationship.
Court documents said they met several times outside of school and in his classroom. During the meetings, the victim said they would make-out and he would sometimes write her notes to excuse her tardiness to her next class. She said for the remainder of the school year she would continue to meet Perez in his classroom before and after school until another teacher confronted him about the visits.
Court documents said over the summer break the two would continue to meet up outside of school.
She said he would drive her to a different location where they engaged in oral sex and other sexual contact. Then, later during the summer the victim said Perez became “distant.” Court documents said she believed it was because he went to Alaska on a fishing trip and his wife had just delivered their third baby. Washington State records confirm that Perez was married during the time he was allegedly having the relationship with a student. The victim said around July 29, 2017 she sent Perez a message saying she could not continue doing “whatever this is.”
According to court records, the victim said around the second weekend of October 2017, Perez messaged her on Snapchat and they began speaking again in “friendly” terms. Then on a Friday in October, the victim said Perez messaged her and asked her if she wanted to come to his house because his wife and children were in Seattle. The victim said she told her parents she was going to the Mead High School football game. Court documents said the two had sexual intercourse while she was at his house. According to court documents, they met up three to four more times to have sex. They would meet on nights where her parents thought she was at a school function and Perez’s wife was working, according to documents. The victim said they would sometimes have sex while his children were asleep upstairs, court documents explained.
The victim said the last time she went to Perez’s home was sometime in February 2018 because there had not been another opportunity before the Mead High School principal receiving an anonymous letter alerting him to their relationship. Court documents said Perez told the victim their “story” explaining their relationship would be that she had been suicidal and he had become her confidant and “father figure” after talking her out of it. They did not communicate after that conversation. Court documents said sometime during their relationship, Perez had told the victim he would drive his pickup off a bridge if their relationship was discovered. He had also said he would “go down fighting” if the relationship was discovered, court documents said.
Perez has been on administrative leave since late April. Mead School District confirmed Tuesday he is still on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the trial.