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    News4's Kristin Wright talks with parents at the Stafford County high school where a teacher is accused of sending nude photos to a student. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014)

    A Stafford County high school teacher may face additional charges following allegations that she was having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student, the sheriff's office announced Tuesday.

    Erica Mesa, a geometry teacher and volleyball coach at Colonial Forge High School, has been charged with three counts each of custodian indecent liberties and solicitation of a minor using a computer device.

    School administrators received an anonymous phone call about a sexual relationship Mesa, 27, was allegedly having with a male student in February, May and September of 2014. School officials say the allegations were also posted on a social media site.

    The sheriff's office, school superintendent's office and child protective services were called in to investigate, and it was determined that the boy was 16 when the alleged relationship began.

    Detectives also discovered that Mesa sent nude photographs of herself to the student.

    Mesa is being held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. She may face additional charges, but authorities have not said whether they are connected to the same student.

    Mesa has been with the school district since 2009 and has only worked at Colonial Forge. A Stafford County Public Schools spokesperson says Mesa had no prior disciplinary problems. Her husband is also a teacher at Colonial Forge, the spokesperson added.

    Mesa has been placed on administrative leave. Parents were notified of the incident by letter.

    The investigation is ongoing.

    Mesa was arraigned Thursday and will remain in jail until an Oct. 9 bond hearing.