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

March 9, 2010 | 12:59 pm

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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