The teacher, 45-year-old Amy Palmitessa, is a biology teacher with a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry, according to the L.A. Times. Palmitessa was released on $230,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Los Angeles police have arrested a biology teacher and accused her of having sex with a 16-year-old student, Los Angeles Times has reported.
"We were shocked and distressed to receive the news of these allegations", Riera said in the statement.
Brentwood School teacher Aimee Palmitessa, 45, was arrested on Friday and charged with statutory rape - unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor - according to Los Angeles Police spokesman Tony Im.
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He knows it's a problem because me and him would have been talked about it. "That's part of who we are". He's open and he'll say things and he's wrong a lot of times but we'll confront it.
There was no confirmation of the gender of the 16-year-old student Palmitessa was alleged to have had sex with, nor was there word of how the situation was discovered by authorities.
Parents at the school, which is attended by several celebrity kids, were informed of her arrest via newsletter sent out by Brentwood School head Mike Riera on Saturday. Brentwood prides itself on being one of the most elite institutions in California, as its instructors are highly qualified and tuition ranged from $34,460 to $40,760 a year. We immediately placed Dr. Palmitessa on administrative leave. As always, our primary concern is the safety, health, and well-being of our students.
She has been employed there since 2010. "To that end we will do everything we can to cooperate with the official police investigation", Riera said.
Arrest records reveal Palmitessa being released on August 18, on $230,000 bail.