A former Patrick Henry High School science teacher pleaded guilty in Hanover County Circuit Court on Friday to indecent liberties charges involving a student.
Miranda Nicole Pauley, 35, of Hanover County, was convicted of four counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor while serving in a custodial role.
Pauley also pleaded guilty to a charge of using a communications system to solicit a minor.
Elisabeth Linka, a Hanover prosecutor, said that on May 30 of this year, another teacher at the school reported to the principal that she had concerns about Pauley’s interactions with a student.
The minor subsequently told a Hanover County Sheriff’s investigator that he had a sexual relationship with Pauley, Linka said.
Pauley had a sexual encounter with the student in a teacher workroom at the school, Linka said. The prosecutor also said the defendant sent a nude photo of herself to the minor.
The charges involve incidents that happened from November 2017 until May 30, 2018.
Pauley was employed as a Hanover teacher from 2006 until May 31 of this year, when she was arrested and charged with five felony counts. Prior to that, she served as a substitute teacher from 2003 to 2005, according to school district officials.
Pauley’s pleas came as part of an agreement with prosecutors, which calls for Pauley to serve two years in prison.
The agreement also requires Pauley to register as a sex offender. The defendant is barred from having any contact with the minor, and she is also barred from the Patrick Henry High School campus.
Pauley told the judge at the hearing that she understands that the court does not have to accept the agreement.
Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 11.