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Woodside High School teacher charged with taking indecent liberties with a student

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Newport News, Va. - A 27-year-old Newport News teacher has been arrested after an investigation based on allegations that she was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a student.

On Tuesday, the parents of a 17-year-old male student contacted the Newport News Police and said they had found photos of a nude female on the student’s cell phone.

The woman in the photos was identified as Cara Alexander, a Newport News English teacher at Woodside High School.

The parents further advised police that their son had been involved in an inappropriate relationship with Alexander.

The Special Victims Unit began an investigation into the allegations. As a result of the investigation, warrants were obtained to charge Alexander with six counts each of using a communications system to facilitate certain offenses involving children, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Alexander was arrested Friday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. in York County.

Newport News Police say there is no information indicating that any inappropriate activity took place on school property.

According to Newport News Public Schools, school officials are in the process of terminating Ms. Alexander’s employment; Newport News Public Schools is also recommending revocation of her teaching license with the Virginia Board of Education.

Ms. Alexander’s employment with Newport News Public Schools began in January 2009 as a substitute teacher; in August 2010, she was hired as a teacher.