Female teacher admits sex with two underage pupils but avoids jail

Haeli Wey faces up to 20 years behind bars if she breaches terms of probation

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A former high school teacher has avoided a prison sentence after she admitted having sex with two teenage pupils.

Haeli Wey had sex with one 17-year-old boy more than 10 times in two months, following a trip with his family to Africa in 2015.

The 28-year-old became involved with the second boy during a summer camping trip the same year, the New York Daily News reported, and suggested he bring a hammock on their hike.

She has now been sentenced to 10 years' probation and 200 hours' community service. She will not have to register as a sex offender.

Wey's lawyer, Larry Sauer, told Fox 7 in Austin: "The judge found that he had enough evidence to find her guilty but did not and placed her on a 10-year deferred adjudication probation.

"Basically it means that as long as she completes everything without any problems then the case will be dismissed and she will never have been convicted of a felony.

"Since this has gotten so much attention it's ... wearing on her. But I think she's going to be fine."

If Wey, of Texas, breaches the terms of her probation she could face up to 20 years in prison, however.

She voluntarily surrendered her teaching certificate, it was reported.

Wey was arrested in December 2015 and pleaded guilty to improper relationships in February this year.