Amy Beck Faces Two Years in Prison For Sexual Affair With Student
Amy Beck, the Teacher Who Admitted to Having a Sexual Affair with Her Student, Now Faces Up to Two Years in Prison
Amy Beck pleaded 'no contest' to charges of a sexual affair with a student at David Starr Jordan Middle School where she was teaching, and her lawyer Michael Williamson was on Good Morning America saying Beck could be out in one year with good behavior. She faces a two year sentence in a state prison however.
Williamson said that Beck was so wracked with guilt at what she had done that she turned herself in, and refused to be released from jail so as not to face the media spotlight according to ABC News.
"Amy's a very compassionate individual. She became really guilt-ridden and remorseful," Williamson said. "She couldn't live with what she had done and had to bring it to light."
The student, who is no longer at David Starr Jordan Middle School, was 14 at the time of the affair, and would not be 15. He has never been named.
Police said that they would never have known about this crime if Beck had not come forward.
Amy Beck Pleads No Contest
On March 25 2010, Amy Beck pleaded no contest to one count of unlawful sex with a minor and one count of performing lewd acts on a minor. She received a sentence of two years but could have received up to seven.
Amy Beck's Private Life
The students and teachers at David Starr are still dealing with the news of Amy Beck's affair, which started in March 2009 and continued until September 2009.
"Amy was a very good teacher, very close with her students," Williamson told "GMA." "At some point she crossed the line with this one particular young man. There's no indication it happened with anyone else."
Amy Beck has resigned the Friday before she turned herself into the police on the Monday, but no one at the school knew why she had resigned.
Her husband, who is a police officer, is standing by his wife and will be taking care of their three children while she is in jail.