Patience Perez, former Va. school worker in relationship with 15-year-old student, plotted to kill her husband, cops say

A photo provided by the Virginia Beach police department shows Patience Perez. According to court records Perez, a former security assistant at a Virginia Beach school conspired to kill her husband while she was having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old student. (AP Photo/Virginia Beach POlice Department)
Patience Perez
AP Photo/Virginia Beach Police Department

(CBS/AP) NORFOLK, Va. - A former security assistant at a Virginia school was charged Tuesday in connection to a conspiracy plot in which she and her 15-year-old lover planned to kill her husband, police said.

In addition to conspiracy murder charges, 22-year-old Patience Perez also faces multiple counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship. She also faces a charge of using a communications system to facilitate certain crimes against children.

Court documents said Perez worked at Renaissance Academy in Virginia Beach and lived in the community of Norfolk for nine years. She is now being held in the Norfolk City Jail without bond, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 10.

Perez's husband was not identified by name in the court documents. Perez's home address is in a community near Naval Station Norfolk reserved for active-duty military personnel.

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

Renaissance Academy, where Perez worked and the boy attended, is an alternative public school for students in middle and high school grades. It offers behavioral, academic and credit recovery programs, according to school division spokeswoman Kathleen O'Hara.

Perez worked at the school on a temporary basis since Aug. 22, 2012, and was fired on March 5, O'Hara said. Virginia Beach police said that on March 4, school authorities notified them and child protective services that Perez had "inappropriate contact" with the boy.

Virginia Beach police said a consensual, sexual relationship between Perez and the boy took place away from Renaissance Academy. The incidents took place sometime between February and March, while Norfolk court records list each of the offense dates in that city as Feb. 1.

Parker-Chesson said Perez took the boy to her home on multiple occasions in February, where the sexual abuse occurred. She also said Perez and the boy used mobile phones to exchange pornographic images.