Thirty-three-year-old Amy Beck, a former teacher at David Starr Jordan Middle School in Burbank, California, turned herself in last March for having had a relationship with a 14-year-old student. She’s currently serving a two-year prison sentence for the offense. Her husband, LAPD officer Nathaniel M. Beck, is now being sued by the student’s family for having threatened to kill the boy when he walked in on the student and his wife.
Amy Beck pleaded no contest to unlawful sexual intercourse and committing a lewd act on a child, and she was forced by the judge in her case to register as a sex offender. Beck turned herself in to authorities well over a year after the affair had ended because she said it “left her consumed with guilt,” CBS reports.
This is the second lawsuit the student’s family has filed in conjunction with the incident between their son and his teacher. The first lawsuit alleged the Burbank Unified School District “failed to safeguard the student from an aggressive sexual predator.” That suit was dismissed by the US District Court. The current lawsuit “accuses the LAPD and the city of Los Angeles (of) failing to investigate or take any disciplinary action after receiving complaints” about Nathaniel Beck’s conduct.
According to The818Now via the LA Times, “The family is seeking damages, attorney fees, and loss of income.” I completely agree that Amy Beck should be punished for having had an affair with a 14-year-old, but it hasn’t been suggested anywhere that the relationship wasn’t mutual. (I can’t really use the word consensual since the student in question is below the age of consent, but it doesn’t seem that she raped the boy or manipulated him into having sex with her, though I suppose that’s up for debate based on his age.) But still, I wonder why his family is going out of their way to try to make money off this scandal. Thoughts? Is what they’re doing appropriate?