A Hermitage High School teacher has been accused of taking indecent liberties with a minor by a custodian, Henrico County Public Schools officials and Henrico police confirmed Thursday.

The teacher charged, Leonard “Len” Orange, is listed as a social studies and humanities teacher at Hermitage, according to the school’s website. Orange, 54, lives in Hanover County.

Henrico police responded to the school on Feb. 6 after a juvenile reported a sex offense, police said Thursday. No other details were released.

“Henrico police and the Hermitage administration are taking this matter very seriously,” Henrico schools spokesman Andy Jenks said in an emailed statement. “Mr. Orange has been on leave since February, when we were first notified of concerns.”

He added that because of the ongoing investigation, the school system couldn’t say more.

At the time of the alleged offense, Jenks said, the school communicated with the families of Orange’s students and hired a substitute teacher to cover his classes.

“We want our parent community to know that we share their concerns, and we thank those in local law enforcement for their partnership and continued efforts,” Jenks said.

— Ali Rockett

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