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Teacher accused of sex w/ teen remains jailed

March 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A Burbank middle school teacher accused of having sex with a teenage male student over a six-month period last year appeared in court Wednesday, but her arraignment was postponed until March 25.Amy Beck, 33, is charged with four counts of unlawful sex with a person under 16 and one count of oral copulation with a person under 16. If convicted, she faces up to seven years in state prison.

Investigators allege Beck, a teacher at David Starr Jordan Middle School, was having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old male student from March to September 2009. The unidentified boy was 15 when the alleged affair ended.

Beck appeared calm during her court first court appearance Wednesday morning, which only last a few minutes.

Beck remains jailed on $175,000 bail. Her attorney, Michael Williamson, said his client plans to remain in jail, in part because of all the media attention the case is receiving.

"She simply thinks that at this point it would be best that she continue to cooperate with the Burbank Police Department, and obviously through me, and it's easier done from the confines of the jail rather than out in public with the media and press everywhere that might be pursuing her," Williamson said.

Beck surrendered at the Burbank police station on Monday afternoon, accompanied by her lawyer. She had apparently been feeling a lot of remorse for the crime and decided to come forward.

"She said she had sexual relations with one of her students," said Burbank police Sgt. Robert Quesada. "She said her conscience was bothering her and she just wanted to get this off her chest."

Police said the victim recently confirmed the sexual affair to detectives.

Beck had been teaching social science at the school for about four years, but suddenly resigned last week.

Police said Beck is married with children. Her husband is an LAPD officer based out of the Southeast Division.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Burbank police Detective Wally Schilling at (818) 238-3254.