A science teacher at Patrick Henry High School in Hanover County was arrested Thursday and charged with four felony counts of indecent liberties by a custodian.

Miranda Nicole Pauley, 34, 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.

“As of today, she is no longer employed by Hanover County Public Schools,” said Chris Whitley, a spokesman for the school system, in an email Thursday.

Pauley was employed as a Hanover teacher from 2006 until Thursday, Whitley said. She worked as a substitute teacher for the county from 2003 to 2005.

“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,” Whitley said. “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.”

Whitley would not comment on whether the charges involve a student and directed inquires on the criminal investigation to the Hanover Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. James Cooper, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said he could not comment on whether the charges involve one of Pauley’s students. Cooper did say, however, that the allegations involve a sexual relationship with a juvenile.

Pauley is being held at Pamunkey Regional Jail without bail. The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Hanover Sheriff’s Office 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.

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