BRENTWOOD, Calif. (FOX 11 / CNS) - A 45-year-old teacher at Brentwood School was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old student at the school, according to media reports.
Dr. Aimee Palmitessa was arrested by Los Angeles police about 10 a.m. Friday, according to L.A. County jail records.
David Sweeny a local landscaper was near the teacher's house when police converged. “We got here Friday morning and saw a lot of police cars at the house on the corner. I'd say there were about 6-7 cruisers and 10-15 or more police officers surrounding the house."
She was booked on a felony statutory rape charge and released on $230,000 bail on Friday, according to jail records. Palmitessa was currently scheduled to head to court in downtown Los Angeles for arraignment on Sept. 15, according to jail records.
Palmitessa was then placed on administrative leave according to a statement released by Dr. Mike Riera the head of the school.
"The LAPD did not share additional information with us, such as the nature of the inappropriate relationship or the identity of the minor student. We immediately placed Dr. Palmitessa on leave,'' Riera said.
"We were shocked and distressed to receive the news of these allegations. As always, our primary concern is the safety, health and well-being of our students. To that end we will do everything we can to cooperate with the official police investigation,'' Riera said.
Brentwood School is an elite K-12 coed school in Brentwood.
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