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Patrick Henry teacher arraigned on sex charges

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -- A woman listed as a biology teacher on Patrick Henry High School's website was arrested and charged with indecent liberties in Hanover County on Thursday. 

Miranda Nicole Pauley, 34, of Hanover, has been charged with four counts of indecent liberties by a custodian and a count of use of a communication system for crimes against children, according to police. All of the charges are class 6 felonies.

Pauley was arraigned on the charges Friday, and a preliminary hearing was set for July 12. The judge granted a secured bond of $50,000, but she is not allowed to leave the state, contact the victim or the victims family, or go onto school property in any district. She is, however, allowed to pick up her belongings from the Hanover school board offices. 

In an email to 8News, Hanover County Public Schools confirmed Pauley was a teacher at Patrick Henry but said: "as of today, she is no longer employed by Hanover County Public Schools."

Hanover County Public Schools also shared the following statement about Pauley's arrest:

This news is very disturbing, and we take these matters seriously.  We became aware of the arrest this afternoon and immediately referred it to our Human Resources Department.  While our policy prohibits the release of specific details concerning personnel-related matters, we will continue to work closely and in full cooperation with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. 

The investigation is ongoing.

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