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Teacher pleads guilty to indecency charges involving student

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former high school biology teacher has pleaded guilty to indecent contact charges with a student.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Miranda Nicole Pauley was arrested and charged earlier this year of five felony counts, mostly indecent liberties charges. The 35-year-old woman pleaded guilty Friday in Hanover County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors say another teacher reported her concerns about Pauley’s interactions with a male student.

The newspaper says prosecutor Elizabeth Linka disclosed that the student later told investigators he had a sexual relationship with Pauley.

The ex-teacher’s plea is part of an agreement with prosecutors that calls for her to serve two years in prison. Pauley must also register as a sex offender.

She had taught for years at Patrick Henry High School in Ashland.

Sentencing is set for January.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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