Judge delays former school worker’s sentence in teen sex case

WAVY/Walter Hildebrand

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach judge will wait a year to sentence a former school worker who had an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old student.

For more than a year, 10 On Your Side has followed the case of Patience Perez, who worked as a Security Assistant at Renaissance Academy between 2012 and 2013. Last week, she was ordered by a Norfolk judge to spend seven months in jail because she met the victim at her Norfolk home. This week she pleaded guilty to meeting the victim at his Virginia Beach home.

When Perez appeared in Virginia Beach Circuit Court Wednesday, Judge Mahan accepted her guilty plea to one count of custodial indecent liberties and delayed her sentencing to March 25, 2015, according to Macie Pridgen with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Until then, Perez must comply with the following conditions:

  • Have no contact with the victim or the victim’s family
  • Submit to random drug tests
  • Continue counseling
  • Comply with any other recommendations from the Colonial Community Corrections Program

Outside Virginia Beach Circuit Court, the victim’s mother shared some strong words: “I am very disappointed with the decision. We still have to relive this in a year. I don’t know what else to say. I’m numb right now.”

Court Documents released Wednesday by the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office state Perez initiated the relationship in January 2013 by giving the student her number on an piece of paper at the school and then sending him a friend request on Facebook, which he accepted. Perez and the student communicated via Facebook and text messages, including pictures without clothing.

The documents state that between February 2, 3013 and March 4, 2013, Perez and the student met several times to smoke pot and have sex at her home in Norfolk, and once at his home in Virginia Beach. The relationship was discovered by the student’s mother, who caught Perez at her Virginia Beach home to pick up her son. The mother also found pictures of Perez on her son’s phone.

Perez has never publicly commented on the case. She faces five years in prison for the offense in Virginia Beach.

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