Norfolk, Va. - 24-year old Patience Perez walked out of Norfolk Circuit Court with her head down, hand in hand with her husband. The former Virginia Beach Schools assistant security guard was given a suspended seven month sentence Friday.
Perez pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent liberties by a custodian after having sex with a 15-year-old boy she met while working at the Renaissance Academy in Virginia Beach.
A judge gave Perez a list of requirements to meet during the course of a year. If she meets the requirements, she may not have to serve the seven months.
"We haven't wrapped our brain around it,” says the teen’s mother, who spoke only to NewsChannel 3. “It doesn't make sense" "It’s like we endured all this pain all this stress and for this to happen. Just like an arrow to the heart."
They soon started sleeping together, having sex both at his home in Virginia Beach and several times at her home in Norfolk. Records also say the boy and Perez exchanged Facebook messages discussing a murder plot-all charges in connection to that were dropped.
The affair ended last March, when the teen's mom went to police after finding naked pictures of Perez on her son's phone.
During the next year, the Norfolk judge requires that Perez continue counseling and stay away from the boy and his family. She will also be required to register as a sex offender.
Perez will also be tried for the same charges in Virginia Beach. She's scheduled to be in court there next week.
"I hope that that prosecutor cares more about my family than Norfolk did," the boy’s mother says.
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