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Woman Charged with Sex Crime

Substitute teacher, 24, turns self in to county police.

A Fairfax-area woman has been charged with two counts of carnal knowledge of a child. Dana V. Snyder, 24, had been working as a substitute teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools.

On Saturday, April 9, police received information that Snyder, who lives on the 3300 block of Edenvale Road in the Mantua area of Fairfax County, was involved in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old male student. The events occurred on Saturday, March 26 and Monday, April 4 said Officer Richard Henry of the Fairfax County Police Department. Henry said he did not know who provided police with the tip.

The alleged events, Henry said, did not occur on school grounds.

Snyder was hired in September 2003, said Paul Regnier spokesperson for Fairfax County Public Schools. As with any substitute, a full background check was performed, he said. As a substitute, Snyder taught at schools throughout the county. Police and school officials would not release which school the boy attends. His age indicates that he could either be in a middle or high school student.

Since Snyder is a substitute, it was not necessary to place her on leave, Regnier said, she simply will not be called in to work until the case is resolved.

Snyder turned herself in to Fairfax County Police on April 11. She was released on her own recognizance with a $5,000 bond. The crime is a class four felony and carries a penalty of 2-10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

— Ari Cetron