[Update] Fermi Teacher Charged with Improper Relationship With Student

Tyler Wells has been placed on paid leave since June 15 during the course of the investigation.


A social studies teacher at has been arrested and charged with four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault for an alleged improper relationship with at least one female student, according to Enfield police.

Tyler Wells, 29, turned himself in to Enfield Police this morning on a warrant for his arrest and was held on a $1,000 bond, according to Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza.

Later in the day Wells was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond in Enfield Superior Court. Judge Michael Dannehy issued a protective order, prohibiting Wells from have any contact with the female student or being within 100 yards of her.

Wells, a social studies teacher at Fermi for the past three years, has been on paid administrative leave since June 15 when the allegations of an improper relationship with at least one female student arose.

Steve McEleney, Wells attorney, asked for the arrest warrant to be sealed but Dannehy said the request met none of the requirements for sealing. Dannehy did order that the female student's name and any identifying information be redacted from the document and sealed from the public.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit released Wednesday afternoon, Enfield police on June 14 began investigating a report from a teacher at Fermi High School that two students had informed him that another teacher was having a relationship with a female student.

The accused teacher was identified as Tyler D. Wells, the warrant says. Police interviewed the alleged female victim’s mother who was adamant that her daughter would tell her if something was going on. The mother said she knew Wells and that he was a nice man.

The mother said that she gave Wells permission to text her daughter and that she didn’t believe he would do anything wrong.

When a detective first spoke to the female student, she told him that there were rumors going on around school that she and Wells were having a relationship, the warrant said. In a written statement, the female student said that she had joked with friends that they had kissed, but she never had. The female student asked what happens after she signed the statement, she was told the investigation would continue and that if anything she said was untrue, she would be charged with interfering with an officer and giving a false statement.

The female student met then with her mother in private for about 15 minutes. When she returned she seemed embarrassed, covering her face with her hands, the warrant said. She finally admitted that she had kissed Wells on two occasions, the warrant said. The kisses took place on separate occasions in March and that she had initiated them, she said those were the only two things that ever happened between them.

She said they exchanged three flirting text messages after the kisses in March, the warrant said.

On June 14, a detective contacted Wells on cellphone who said he was in Las Vegas at the time of the call. Wells and the detective made arrangements to meet upon his return.

On June 19, the alleged victim’s mother spoke with the officer and told him she had found her daughter’s old mobile phone and that there were numerous text messages from Wells on the phone.

The female student came to the police station with her mother and grandparents on June 19 and said she wanted to give another written statement, the warrant said. When she spoke to the detective on June 14, she didn’t tell the whole truth, the warrant said.

In her statement, the alleged victim said around the beginning of March she was in the classroom with Wells and they exchanged cell phone numbers. They started text messaging each other, which initially were asking how each other was doing. At some point Wells started texting messages complimenting her body.

One day in March, Wells asked the alleged victim if she wanted to make out, she said told  him no because she was tired, the warrant said. A few days later, she asked Wells if he wanted to make out, he said, “Really?” The victim said they went to the back of the room began kissing and he fondled her, the warrant said.

In her statement, the female student said the two had about 30 encounters “making out.” In some of the encounters, he stuck his hand down her pants, and on one occasion he put her hand on his groin, the warrant said.

In April, when she got a new iPhone they exchanged text messages but he eventually asked her to delete all of the messages to be safe, the warrant said. The two stopped their encounters in May because of rumors circulating in the school, she said.

When the victim was asked by an assistant principal about the rumors in April, she claimed that she had started the rumor, the warrant said.

When the detective spoke to Wells’ attorney Steve McEleney, he told the officer he would allow his client to speak with him about the incident, the warrant said.

When Wells met with the school system’s director of human resources, Christopher Drezek, about the accusations he denied them, the warrant said.

When reached Wednesday morning, Enfield Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Schumann declined to comment on Wells’ arrest referring all questions to the and saying that “it is a police matter.”

McEleney declined to comment on the case outside of the courthouse. Wells apparently left from a back entrance of the building. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 22.

Lynn Eaton Church July 25, 2012 at 06:00 PM
My oldest said he was a great teacher. It is to bad his bad choice ruined his career.
Kp Stymie July 25, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Give us your allegedly corrupt administrators, your alleged pedophiles your Teachers Union Reps yearning to collect a salary while not giving a crap about educating ....and We'll Hire Them.
Robbie Tangreti July 25, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Clown comment above
Theresa July 25, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Has this teacher been proven guilty yet.? I think it is terrible to be putting his picture up when he hasn't even been tried yet.. You have already ruined his reputation if and I say if he is innocent... I'm not sayin he is.. but what happened to innocent before proven guilty. Just not right..
Marty Salvatore July 25, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Have you seen a picture of the Colorado shooting guy? Or OJ's mugshot? Or read the police blotters? It says "charged" right in the headline. Not "guilty of."
Spiff July 25, 2012 at 08:37 PM
I agree with you Theresa. You know as well as I do, however, the "innocent before proven guilty" concept is a load of crap! He might still be innocent in the eyes of the law (at this stage, at least), but he's not innocent in the eyes of the public. This is an unfortunate side effect of the media.
Marty Salvatore July 25, 2012 at 08:45 PM
So I guess this story just shouldn't be covered then?
Marty Salvatore July 25, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Krusty Pennywise Stymie. HONK HONK
Lynn Eaton Church July 25, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I don't think there is such a thing as innocent until proven guilty. Now you are guilty until proven innocent. It is so wrong the way it works. I also am not saying he is innocent,but let the system do their job. I think this happened once before here in Enfield and the teen changed their story.
Lynn Eaton Church July 25, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Channel 3 just said 30 times with this girl. Why did she wait so long?
Lindsey Steele July 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM
This girl has lied so much and so often, she has completely blown all of her chances at being credible. She is going to get torn up by the defense.
Anonymous girl July 25, 2012 at 11:38 PM
At first she said they both kissed only twice and exchanged a few texts, then she said they "made out" 30 times and touched each other? Idk how much I want to believe her... Regardless, something went on and it's pretty disturbing.
william flowers July 26, 2012 at 12:07 AM
i knew this dude for four year and he going to get married and every thing so it kind of hard to belived
Sonya Olson July 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM
He is a great teacher. Hope it all works out and the truth comes out.
Kp Stymie July 26, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I'm kinda partial to Jester myself. Especially since it's true.
Lin Chojnicki July 26, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Article says a fellow teacher filed a report w/police, & police began investigating June 14. Wonder when teacher filed the report, and why a fellow teacher filed - why not someone higher up in the school administration? Article says in April an assistant principal questioned the student about the rumor circulating (whether the "rumor" is true or not is another story) ..... so appears other professional staff @ high school were aware of "something" circulating, and for some time. Doesn't this probably mean a lot of students were also aware of this rumor (and isn't a rumor such as this, a huge distraction in any school?) If an assistant principal is aware of such, wouldn't school superiors also have been advised? What's the chain of command in a school system when this kind of incident is even "rumored"?
Marty Salvatore July 26, 2012 at 03:49 AM
You ask a lot of questions, lady. Here's some for YOU. Are you upset that the teacher reported it to the police as opposed to an administrator? That's an odd argument. Especially in light of the whole Penn State thing. Are you surprised that the student told the assistant principal that nothing happened when he talked to her in April? Because she told the police THE SAME THING when they first interviewed her. In June. How should this have been handled differently? It seems like there were rumors, the student was questioned, she denied anything happened, there were MORE rumors, the police were notified and here we are. What's the problem with that chain of events?
Lynn Eaton Church July 26, 2012 at 09:58 AM
Wait the mother said she knew nothing,at the same time she said she gave him permission to text her daughter. LOTS of wholes in this story !
Lin Chojnicki July 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Yes, after reading article, am indeed asking questions. Nothing wrong or unusual with asking questions (especially in light of Penn State, since you brought it up) - the more questions asked, hopefully the more answers provided.
Spoof July 26, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Anyone in the school system is legally obligated to report any instance of improper activity, no matter how minuscule or improbable, to the authorities as soon as they learn of it. Anyone not reporting can be charged with negligence. This case will bring more charges based on this law.
carlamarieoneil@gmail.com July 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Never a dull moment.
NYFAN July 26, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Is this the first time this teacher has been accused of such a thing??
godblesstheUSA July 26, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Just another proud moment for good 'ole enfield... Enfield is becoming a TOILET!
Sharon mitchell July 26, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I went to fermi and this doesn't surprise me a bit. He tried so hard to be apart of the student body.
Anonymous July 27, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I wonder why he left teaching in Avon so abruptly previous to his teaching job in Enfield? Weird! They must have found substaintial evidence to arrest him (texts etc...or witnesses that saw them IN THE CLASS ROOM fooling around) as they would not just on "rumors". That fiance better run for zee hills!!
Anonymous July 30, 2012 at 02:49 AM
He left his teaching job in Avon because his school had heard rumors that he was fooling around with female students from the nearby Miss Porters School who would often visit the Avon campus, but his school couldn't prove anything.
Muffy August 03, 2012 at 12:45 PM
My child pointed the girl out at her job - she looks like a sleeze - but with that being said he never should have texted a student. There is a line you dont cross and texting a student is one of them. Not to mention if he kissed her or touched her inappropriately.
Anonymous August 14, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Hate to say it, but police only need to have "probable cause" to arrest someone. In this case, just the mere fact that the student SAID he did it (along with perhaps the flirty texts) is enough. They don't need hard evidence to arrest someone. And I'm appalled that the media had his picture and name released back in June when he was simply under investigation (not even arrested yet). How can you go and ruin someone's reputation and career without having any facts. I'm not taking sides here as I don't know the parties involved, but I do believe all people should be treated as innocent until proven guilty.
Parent September 22, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I don't know the teacher or the student personally, but it seems to me that Mr. Wells has not denied the fact that he had sent texts to the girl. The truth will come out in the end and I only hope that this all wasn't a lie. It would be very disturbing for someone's career to be over due to a lie. My only two thoughts about this whole thing are. The first and most important I think is the fact that a teacher and student have no reason to be sending each other text in the first place. All teachers have email addresses through the school system. They have this for a reason, so I don't understand where this was totally harmless. Doesn't make much sense to me. The second thought is more of a question. If he was on paid leave and innocent, why would you resign? Just a question that doesn't make any sense to me.


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