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Burbank middle school teacher arrested for allegedly having unlawful sex with a student [Updated]

Jordan Middle School sixth-grade teacher Amy Beck joined her colleagues in togas for the celebration of annual Greek Day in April 2009. Credit: Scott Smeltzer / News-Press A Burbank middle school teacher has been arrested for allegedly having unlawful sex with one of her students, police said Tuesday.

Amy Beck, 33, surrendered at the Burbank Police Department headquarters Monday and was booked on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child of 14 or 15. She was apparently overcome by guilt, Burbank police officials said.

Burbank police investigators allege that Beck, a teacher at David Starr Jordan Middle School, had a relationship with one of her male students from March to September 2009.

The boy was 14 at the time, said department spokesman Keith Sterling. Beck was being held on $400,000 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Superior Court in Burbank.

Police said the investigation is continuing and anyone with information is urged to call Det. Wally Schilling at (818) 238-3254.

[Updated at 4:03 p.m.: Prosecutors charged the middle school teacher Tuesday afternoon with five counts, including four counts of unlawful sex with a person under 16 and one count of oral copulation with a person under 16. If convicted on all counts, she faces up a maximum sentence of up to seven years in state prison. 

Prosecutors asked that bail for Beck be set at $175,000.]

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Jordan Middle School sixth-grade teacher Amy Beck joined her colleagues in togas for the celebration of annual Greek Day in April 2009. Credit: Scott Smeltzer / Glendale News-Press

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What is wrong with these teachers who prey on children. Why can't they get it through their heads that they are just children? Even if the boy came onto her, he's still a boy and it's her responsibility to say no and put him in his place. I was a teacher soon after college and I had students come onto me. Even though they weren't much younger than I was, I still told them it was inappropriate and they better back off.

Dam, where were these teachers when I was in school?

I think she saw the movie "the Reader" and thought she could get away with it in real life, but she experienced a healthy sense of shame, and turned herself in.

She'll get jail; the kid'll get high-fives.

This is American hypocrisy to the nth degree. If a child, actually, a juvenile that knows what is right and wrong, shouldn't be clear of having part in this and as such it should be considered a sin, not a crime. Pre-school children love to play doctor and they know then that what they are doing, at least in society's eyes, is wrong, but doesn't preclude them for doing it. I could understand if the juvenile had been raped, but it is obvious that it was consensual. Now let's look the other side of this hypocritical coin. If this child kills somebody, then the same "judicial" system that tries to "protect" him, claims that he is an adult ans it's thrown the book at him. I have heard of having the cake and eating it too, but this is ridiculous. Age shouldn't be the denominator to determine if some one is guilty or not of something. If it's rape, then age shoulodn't matter. People have been sent to prison for raping 90 year old women. Let's drop the charade and stop this urge to legislate morality.

blame it on taylor lautner and twilight.

Why does it always seem to be a 30's something white blonde woman involved in this kind of behavior? What's up with that?

The young man is going to need some rehabilitation - mainly on his shoulder and hand from all the high-fives he's had to give to his friends.

This is American hypocrisy to the nth degree. If a child, actually, a juvenile that knows what is right and wrong, shouldn't be clear of having part in this and as such it should be considered a sin, not a crime. Pre-school children love to play doctor and they know then that what they are doing, at least in society's eyes, is wrong, but doesn't preclude them for doing it. I could understand if the juvenile had been raped, but it is obvious that it was consensual. Now let's look the other side of this hypocritical coin. If this child kills somebody, then the same "judicial" system that tries to "protect" him, claims that he is an adult ans it's thrown the book at him. I have heard of having the cake and eating it too, but this is ridiculous. Age shouldn't be the denominator to determine if some one is guilty or not of something. If it's rape, then age shoulodn't matter. People have been sent to prison for raping 90 year old women. Let's drop the charade and stop this urge to legislate morality.

I know a lot of guys are sitting at home or whatever thinking how lucky this kid is but, it is still wrong. She should know better. I hope they treat this like they would if a 33 year old guy is caught having a sexual relationship with a 14 year old girl.

Can i just say that as a 28-year-old professional, thinking back on my high school days and the crush I had on one particular English teacher, there's no way I'd ever regret hooking up with her. Maybe it's different for girls, but as I a guy, I'd be pretty happy about it. Of course the teacher is screwed, her life ruined. I'm just saying, I can't think of too many young men who would be scarred or traumatized by this. Am I right or wrong?

teachers? they are perverts. ameri can diversity!

AS IF the boys even care...get real. I'm not saying its right, because its not...but $400,000 bail? Really? When boys have sex at that age, its not abuse...they WANT TO. Anyone who says otherwise is full of it and probably a woman. She should lose her job and not be allowed to teach again, but arresting her on such a large amount is absolutly ridiculous and puritanical to its core.

This women will be thrown in jail but she should be given a metal. That kid will have bragging rights and fond memories for the rest of his life.

Regardless of how the boy may have felt about the incident, the woman should be put in jail for a long time.
If a 14 year old girl consented to sex with a 33 year old male teacher we would string him up.
The standard should be no different!

That poor kid. Having sex with an obviously hot to trot teacher. The shame of it all. How will the poor guy ever live with himself after he becomes the most popular kid in school with his pals? (hope he at least got extra credit for all that extra curricular activity)

it is weird when society tries to legislate morality. if i were that 14 y/o kid, i would likely not want beck to get in trouble. age does not always define maturity or responsibility, clearly. beck should have spoken with her young partner before deciding that the guilt was too much to handle. was it wrong of her? maybe. could she have moved on with her life if she stopped what she was doing and also never make any mention of it? i'm sure. personally, as a 14 y/o i dealt with many a challenge. having consensual sex with my teacher, and, yes, i would have considered it consensual, would not have been at the top of my list of adolescent challenges. whatever punishment she receives she will probably deserve. this is where we are in society.

YUCK - how could a grown woman get turned on by a "boy" he's not even fully developed yet

Proving once again, that blondes really are more fun.

i;m not sure why an attractive woman is sleeping with a 14 yr. old boy.. lady all you need to do is open your eyes. there are plenty of attractive adult male... look around you? are you that detached to reality that you think you can get away with sleeping with a child? and you're a teacher... im so glad my child doesn't go to your school. you are one insecure lady... you can only pick on a boy.. and yes that boy is not even fully developed yet.. ewwwwwwwwww... gross lady!

Marlena, when I was 14, I was as willing and ready as I ever would be. Males just operate differently. We don't feel abused or molested when a hot older woman hooks up with us, we feel proud and experienced. I just want to say to all the cougars out there, thank you and keep up the good work of raising and educating America's young men.

Yep, according to American justice this woman is pretty much the same kind of predator as the one that murdered Amber Dubois and Chelsea King. I mean, they are all sex offenders, right?

Why didn't she get a Plenty of Fish or Chemistry account? All people do is use those to hook up anyway! She turned out at 14 year old boy and now someone is gonna turn her out in prison. She's going to come out ready to set it off!! *snickers

Where was she when I was in school?

This is an outrage! As the father of 3 boys I can only tell you that I wish that a judge and jury would send her over to me for some real discipline.

 
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