A 30-year-old Wayne High School science teacher appeared in an Allen County courtroom Thursday, accused of having sex with two female students over the past two school years at the high school.
Ryen William Wilson, of the 300 block of Rays Creek Drive, was preliminarily charged with two counts of child seduction. Court documents allege he also made sexual advances to two other students.
Wilson has been suspended from his duties as a science teacher, with pay, pending completion of the investigation, according to Fort Wayne Community Schools spokeswoman Krista Stockman.
On March 12, a female student told an Allen County Sheriff’s Department officer that during the 2013-14 school year she was approached by a fellow student and asked to have sex with Wilson. She said she and another student went to his classroom and they had sex, according to court documents.
The other female student who accompanied her told investigators she herself had sex with Wilson that day, as well as four other times. She said she began confiding in Wilson about personal matters during her junior year, the 2013-14 school year, according to court documents.
On one occasion, as she talked with him, Wilson moved to the seat next to her and started rubbing her leg. They then had sexual intercourse, according to court documents.
On March 13, another student told the deputy that she allowed one of the students who had sex with Wilson to use her cellphone to communicate with Wilson. After the student with which Wilson was having sex with obtained her own cellphone, Wilson continued to text the other student’s cellphone.
According to court documents, he sent her text messages complimenting her on how she looked, or how he liked the way her breasts and buttocks looked. He told her she “knew” she “wanted this” from him.
The student received so many text messages from Wilson, she told investigators, she had to change her telephone number. Her boyfriend became jealous, as well, and confronted Wilson about his behavior using her cellphone, according to court documents.
Another student told police she received text messages from Wilson about how she looked beginning at the start of this school year. She said she originally contacted him on Twitter to ask questions about a homework assignment.
He gave her a phone number for her to contact him about homework. She told investigations she received the answers to her questions, but Wilson continued to message her about her appearance, according to court documents.
Wilson was booked into the Allen County Jail on Wednesday and released on $10,000 bail.
In Indiana, the charge of child seduction specifically refers to adults employed as child-care workers, such as teachers; military recruiters; stepparents or others in positions of authority over teenagers older than 16 but younger than 18.
If the person accused engages in fondling, the crime is the lowest-level felony. If the accused engages in sexual intercourse with the student or teen in their care, the crime is a Level 5 felony, according to the state’s criminal code.
This week, parents of Wayne High School students received a letter informing them that school administrators removed two staff members for violating the school’s policies and procedures.
Stockman said the second staff member suspended from duties at Wayne High School had no connection to Wilson’s alleged activity.
“Whenever we hear allegations involving a staff member ... of inappropriate conduct, we immediately remove that person from the building and investigate,” Stockman said. “We will not tolerate inappropriate behavior with our students.”
It is not the first such incident at Wayne. In 2008, former Wayne Assistant Principal Kristopher Sennett was sentenced to two years in prison and a year on probation after he pleaded guilty to child seduction. He admitted having sex with a 17-year-old female student, including setting up a mid-February encounter at a hotel.
Wilson was employed by East Noble Community Schools, first as a student teacher in 2007, then as a science teacher until 2010. When his position was eliminated by a reduction in force, Wilson was hired as a temporary science teacher also with East Noble to fill a position vacated by a teacher on maternity leave.
According to East Noble Superintendent Ann Linson, discussion on social media alleging misbehavior by Wilson while at East Noble are strictly rumors.
Stockman reminded parents and students at FWCS to bring to the schools’ attention anything they see or hear that makes them feel uncomfortable.
The district cannot take action unless they know what is going on, she said.
“We will not be a school district that allows adults to move on and prey on other children,” Stockman said.