NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A former Virginia Beach school worker accused of having a sexual relationship with a student appeared in court Wednesday morning.
WAVY News’ Ava Hurdle was inside a Norfolk courtroom for Patience Perez’s preliminary hearing. Perez is facing several charges in both Norfolk and Virginia Beach in connection to the case, accused of having sex with the teen in both cities.
Perez also faced charges of conspiracy to commit murder after officers say she and the teen plotted to kill her husband. That charge, as well as a solicitation to commit murder charge and a use of electronic means for child sex charge were nolle prosequi Wednesday. The nolle prosequi means the charges were withdrawn by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, but can be brought back if necessary.
Two counts of indecent liberties custodial were certified to a grand jury.
"I have no comment," said Perez as she left the courthouse Wednesday.
Perez was accompanied by her husband and her attorney. The mother of two remains free on bond. If convicted of indecent liberties, she could face between one and 10 years in prison.
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