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Teacher who had sex with student 'couldn't live with what she did,' attorney says

March 26, 2010 |  8:12 am

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 former Burbank middle school teacher who had sex with a 14-year-old student felt guilt-ridden for her actions and "couldn't live with what she did," her attorney said Friday.

Amy Beck, 33, pleaded no contest on Thursday to charges related to sex with a minor. She faces up to two years behind bars. 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.

Beck's attorney, Michael Williamson, said his client felt so bad about her actions that she turned herself into police earlier this month and refused bail, deciding instead to stay in jail.

"Amy's a very compassionate individual. She became really guilt-ridden and remorseful," Williamson told ABC News. "She couldn't live with what she had done and had to bring it to light."

Williamson told "Good Morning America" that he's not sure why she had the relationship. "Amy was a very good teacher, very close with her students," he said. "At some point she crossed the line with this one particular young man. There's no indication it happened with anyone else."

Beck is married to an LAPD officer and has three children. Williamson said her husband is "absolutely standing by her."

He expects Beck will spend about a year in jail.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Former Burbank middle school teacher Amy Beck. Credit: Glendale News-Press

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