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Father of former teacher accused of sexting students blames school officials

Father of teacher accused of sexting students blames school officials (Boyton Beach Police)

The family of a former teacher accused of sexting a student is now speaking out as they question the accuser and blame school officials.

The court documents obtained by CBS12 paint a picture of a 14-year-old girl taken advantage of by a veteran teacher, Eric Wakeley.

The 34-year-old man is locked up at the Palm Beach County Jail on $100,000 bond and accused of one count of lewd and lascivious behavior.

His grandmother, Mattie Wakeley, says there’s more to this than meets the eye.

“I cried last night,” Mattie told us outside the family house in Delray. “I came out here and he wasn’t home and I cried like a baby.”

She’s crying because her grandson’s reputation is tarnished and he no longer has a job at Congress Middle School where he taught up until 2016.

“He’s my grandson,” Mattie told us. “I love him. I guess I want him to be happy.”

But for the alleged then 14-year-old victim, police say she is anything but happy.

She says Wakeley sent her a text, with words we can’t use in this story, to essentially have sex.

The girl reported it weeks later, police say, the same day Wakeley disconnected his phone but investigators found the text before it got deleted.

“But something’s not right,” Mattie said. “He had a perfect career until 3 years ago.”

Mattie believes a school official has it out for her grandson.

Meantime, on his LinkedIn page, Wakeley says he’s worked for the Palm Beach County School District for nearly 9 years while at the same time, he’s served as a recreation leader for more than four years in Delray Beach.

“They don’t want him to have a job,” Mattie told us. “Period. Somebody is after him. I don’t know who and I don’t know why. Someone has a vendetta against him.”

The Palm Beach County School District would only say that as soon as the investigation began, they re-assigned Wakeley so he wouldn’t have any contact with students.

Months later, they didn’t re-appoint him meaning he wasn’t fired not let go.

Though we wanted to know if there could be other victims, a spokesperson for the district said she didn’t want to “speculate.”

Wakeley faces one count of lewd and lascivious behavior.

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