Norfolk, VA – Authorities allege 22-year-old Patience Justine Perez conspired to murder her Navy husband with her 15-year-old lover, and was officially charged Tuesday in connection to the crime.
Perez had been employed at the Renaissance Academy in Virginia Beach as a security assistant, until she was fired over her sexual relationship with the 15-year-old, a male student.
The relationship with the teenager was said to have been a consensual one. Salacious rumors involving Perez and her underage lover led to an investigation which ultimately got Perez dismissed from her security job. Perez had worked at the school on a temporary basis beginning back on August 22 and was fired March 5.
The relationship was believed to have transpired off school grounds. Still school officials alerted both police and child protective services on March 4 concerning the inappropriate contact between Perez and the student.
The Norfolk mother of two has resided in a community near the Naval Station, a neighborhood reserved for active-duty military personnel, for nearly nine years. Her neighbors have expressed shock over the allegations.
Police say Perez had engaged in at least one conversation regarding a plot to kill her husband with the teenager. Further details about the murder plot have not been released. Perez’s husband was not specifically identified in documents.
Perez was detained in the Norfolk City Jail until she made bond, and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on April 10. Along with murder conspiracy charges, Perez will also face multiple felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship, and a charge of using a communications system to facilitate certain crimes against children.
The investigation is still ongoing. Currently the teenager will not be criminally charged.
There have been several recent incidents of educators and other authority figures having engaged in inappropriate behavior with minors. In February Katheryn Carmean, 35, who worked as a teacher’s aide at Seaford Middle School in Delaware was arrested. She was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy multiple times over a ten month period. An investigation was launched after the teenager told relatives of the relationship.
Last November, 28-year-old Stephanie Fletcher, a biology teacher at Walton High School in Walton, New York was arrested on allegations of having sex with two 16-year-old students, at times between class breaks or during study halls.