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Va ex-school worker accused of plot to kill spouse

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm •  Published: March 14, 2013

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A former security assistant at a Virginia school conspired with a 15-year-old student with whom she had a sexual relationship to kill her husband, police said Thursday.

Patience Justine Perez, 22, was charged in Norfolk on Tuesday in connection with the murder scheme.

Perez also faces multiple charges 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.

It wasn't immediately clear Thursday whether Perez, who worked at Renaissance Academy in Virginia Beach and lives in Norfolk, had an attorney. Perez, 22, is being held in the Norfolk City Jail without bond, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 10.

Norfolk police spokeswoman Karen Parker-Chesson said Perez and the boy engaged in at least one conversation to plan to kill Perez's husband. Parker-Chesson said detectives are continuing to investigate the case and that the boy does not currently face charges.

Norfolk police and the Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney's Office declined to provide further details.

Court records don't specify anything beyond the plot's target: Perez's husband, who was not identified by name in the documents. Perez's home address is in a community near Naval Station Norfolk reserved for active-duty military personnel.

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