Miranda Nicole Pauley, a 34-year-old biology teacher at Patrick Henry high School in Ashland, Va., faces four felony counts of indecent liberties by a custodian and one felony count of use of a communication system for crimes against children.
(Hanover Sheriff’s Office)
A Virginia high school teacher was last Thursday arrested after it was discovered that she allegedly was teaching a student a little too much about the female anatomy.
Miranda Nicole Pauley, a 34-year-old biology teacher at Patrick Henry high School in Ashland, Va., faces four felony counts of indecent liberties by a custodian and one felony count of use of a communication system for crimes against children. She was released on $50,000 bond of the Pamunkey Regional Jail on Friday.
A preliminary hearing has been set for 12 July.
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As part of her band, Pauley is to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18, unless the minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian, and is not allowed on a school property, except for the retrieval of her personal belongings.
Sgt. James Cooper, of the Hanover Sheriff’s Office told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the charges stem from a sexual relationship that Pauley allegedly had with a minor, but refused to say as a student at the high school is involved. Local sources, however, have reported that the relationship between Pauley and a student and that at least one incident on school property.
“One of these offenses can put her on the sex offender registry, that is something that will follow her for a long, long time,” legal expert Todd Stone told a local news station.
Pauley, who taught at the school since 2006, reportedly carried out the extramarital relationship in November and December 2017, and in May of this year. School officials notified the human resource department following Pauley’s arrest and the teacher is no longer employed at the school.
“This news is very troubling, and we take these matters seriously,” Hanover County Public Schools said in a statement. “While our policy prohibits the release of specific details concerning personnel matters, we will continue to work closely and in full cooperation with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.”