Brentwood School Teacher Arrested on Suspicion of Sexually Assaulting Student

Brentwood School head Mike Riera released a statement confirming Aimee Palmitessa's arrest.

A female Brentwood School teacher has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor student. Tony Im, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Dr. Aimee Palmitessa, 45, was arrested Friday and is being held on $230,000 bail.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Palmitessa is a biology teacher at the K-12 school and is suspected of having sex with a 16-year-old student.

Brentwood School head Dr. Mike Riera released a statement confirming Palmitessa's arrest and noting that she was immediately placed on leave. Riera expressed that LAPD did not share details regarding the relationship or the student's identity.

"We were shocked and distressed to receive the news of these allegations," Riera said in the statement. "We appreciate the importance of transparency and will keep our school community informed to the extent we can given our concern for the student, as well as our respect for privacy laws and the integrity of the LAPD’s investigation."

Read the full statement from Riera below.

On Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles Police Department informed Brentwood School that Upper School teacher, Dr. Aimee Palmitessa, had been arrested on suspicion of inappropriate relations with a student and is expected to face charges. 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 administrative leave.

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.

We appreciate the importance of transparency and will keep our school community informed to the extent we can given our concern for the student, as well as our respect for privacy laws and the integrity of the LAPD’s investigation.

On behalf of our students and their families, we urge media and other observers to avoid posting photos that include Brentwood students who are in no way involved in these allegations. Please afford them the care and protection you would expect for your own children.

 

Scott Johnson contributed to this report.

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