A former Patrick Henry High School science teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor was granted a $50,000 bond on Friday.
Miranda Nicole Pauley, 34, of Hanover, said little while appearing from Pamunkey Regional Jail by video for her bond hearing.
Hanover Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Judge Shannon O. Hoehl attached a series of conditions to Pauley’s secured bond. Among them is that Pauley is not allowed to have any contact with the alleged victim, and she is not to leave Virginia without court permission.
Pauley is not allowed to have contact with anyone under age 18, unless that minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian. The defendant also is not allowed on any school property except for a single trip to retrieve her personal belongings from the Hanover School Board building in Ashland.
Pauley was employed as a Hanover teacher from 2006 until Thursday, when she was arrested and charged with four felony counts of indecent liberties by a custodian. She was also charged with one felony count of use of a communication system for crimes against children, the Hanover Sheriff’s Office said. All of the charges are Class 6 felonies.
Sgt. James Cooper, with the Hanover Sheriff’s Office, said the charges entailed a sexual relationship with a minor, but he declined to say if the allegations involved one of her students.
The specifics of the allegations were not discussed during the hearing. Hanover Commonwealth’s Attorney R.E. “Trip” Chalkley III declined to discuss the allegations following the hearing.
Pauley’s defense attorney, James C. Driggs, also declined to comment after the hearing.
The arrest warrants that investigators filed with the court said the alleged offenses occurred in November and December of 2017 and in May of this year.
Chris Whitley, a spokesman for the Hanover Public Schools, said school district officials referred the matter to their human resources department after they became aware of Pauley’s arrest Thursday. Pauley is no longer employed by the school system, Whitley said.
A preliminary hearing in the case was set for July 12.
The Sheriff’s Office asked anyone with additional information about the case to contact them at (804) 365-6140 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. You can also contact Crime Stoppers by going online to www.7801000.com or using the P3 Tips app for smartphones. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.