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      Pee Dee teacher arrested on sex charges

      Carole Ann Hope was arrested by state police Tuesday. She is expected to be officially charged on Wednesday. / Courtesy: DCDC Website

      Carole Ann Hope , 36, was arrested Tuesday and charged Wednesday with criminal sexual conduct second degree with a minor and lewd act on a minor.

      She is a teacher a New Heights Middle School in the Chesterfield County town of Jefferson.

      The school district's public information officer tells us Hope has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

      Hope was arrested Tuesday night by the State Law Enforcement Division and booked at the Darlington County Detention Center.

      Warrants say between March 1 and October 31, Hope had sex with a 14-year-old at her Hartsville home. They say the teenager was a student of Hope's at New Heights School.

      Hope appeared in court Wednesday afternoon in Darlington County. Her bond was set at $10,000.

      She was then transferred to Conway, in Horry County, where she faces the same two charges. At a bond hearing Thursday afternoon, Judge Aaron Butler set bond at $5,000 for each count. She is expected to return to the Pee Dee area.

      She may also face a charge in Chesterfield County.