Teacher Charged with Felony Sex Abuse

A teacher in Kwigillingok has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old student.

31-year-old Michael Wier was arrested Thursday and is being held at the Bethel jail on $50,000 bail. Another teacher had reported that he was concerned for the student after she had been “lingering” around Wier for a couple months.

According to court documents, in mid-March the concerned teacher unlocked Weir’s classroom and saw the man stand up shirtless and out of breath while pulling up his pants from behind his desk. The teacher left quickly and apparently did not see the student. According to documents, the student in April said that she and Wier had consensual sex in the classroom and that she saw the other teacher walk in that evening.

Court documents list Wier’s driver license from Buffalo, New York. Weir is charged with an unclassified felony of sexual abuse of a minor.

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Ben Matheson is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network.

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