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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A Hermitage High School teacher charged with sex crimes involving a minor was granted bond Friday.

Leonard Orange went before a judge in a Henrico County Juvenile/Domestic Relations Court via video camera. The judge granted Orange $10,000 bond after determining he was not a flight risk. Orange will be under CCP's supervision.

Orange, a History teacher and former softball coach at the school, is charged with Indecent Liberties of a Minor by a Custodian.

The prosecution alleged Orange asked a student for oral sex in order to improve the student's grades.

Henrico Police said officers came to the school February 6 after a student reported a sex offense. A warrant obtained from the court indicates the crime may have gone on since November 1, 2018.

In the hearing, Orange's Defense Attorney, Steve Benjamin, said Orange was put on leave by the school on February 7, without being told why. On May 9 an investigator had a warrant for Orange's arrest.

"Since February, when Mr. Orange was placed on leave without explanation, we have asked for the reason, and have tried to speak with the authorities so that we could assist and provide relevant facts. Nobody wanted to talk, and only today were we notified what a student had claimed," Benjamin said. "Mr. Orange denies all allegations of misconduct."

Additionally, Benjamin said high school teachers are "uniquely susceptible to baseless accusations" in "these kind of cases."

Orange's next hearing is scheduled for June 24 at 2 p.m.

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