A teacher in a western Alaska village was arrested Thursday following an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.

The Bethel Office of Children’s Services sent a report to Alaska State Troopers on April 21 regarding a teenager in the village of Kwigillingok who had allegedly been sexually abused by one of the village’s teachers.

Another teacher at the school told OCS that a 15-year-old female student “had been lingering” around 31-year-old Michael Wier for “the last couple months,” court documents say. One night in mid-March the teacher saw Wier’s classroom light on at around 9:30 p.m., and when he opened the door to the classroom, found Wier hurriedly putting his clothes back on.

An interview conducted with the student revealed at least one sexual interaction involving Wier. She told investigators Wier “was helping her with math when she kissed him,” and before having sex, Wier “told her he was nervous about what they were doing,” court documents show.

Wier “declined to participate in an interview, further advising that he was not willing to answer any questions” without a lawyer, according to court documents.

On Thursday, an arrest warrant was issued for Wier, who was taken to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center under a single charge of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and held on a $50,000 bail.

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