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Teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with boy

Tuesday - 4/5/2011, 8:22am  ET

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - A Prince William County English teacher has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage student.

The teacher is 27-year-old Tina Amato of Fredericksburg. The student is a 16-year-old boy.

Amato of Fredericksburg has been charged with two counts of indecent liberties by a custodian, crimes against nature and use of a communications system to facilitate certain offenses.

Ken Blackstone, a spokesman for the Prince William school system, says Amato has been a full-time teacher at Gar-Field High School since 2008.

Amato was arrested after another teacher confiscated the boy's cell phone during an unrelated incident.

Prince William County Police Officer Jonathan Perok tells WTOP the two had been in a relationship for about a year.

WTOp's Andrew Mollenbeck contributed to this story. Follow Andrew and WTOP on Twitter.

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