A Southern California middle school teacher seduced and molested a 14-year-old student in a sexual affair that lasted several months, until the teacher's husband, a Los Angeles police officer, discovered the relationship and threatened to kill the boy, his family claims in a lawsuit.
The suit, filed Tuesday, claims LAPD officer National Beck threatened to kill the teen and his family with his police department-issued weapon in retaliation for the affair.
The incident allegedly occurred when Beck found his wife, Amy Beck, and the boy in his Burbank, Calif., home and she confessed to the relationship.
Amy Beck met the boy while he was in her sixth-grade class at David Starr Jordan Middle School in Burbank, according to court documents. While the boy was working as her teaching assistant, the family claims that "defendant Beck began a coordinated campaign designed to seduce the victim into having a sexual relationship with her and ultimately began sexually molesting and abusing the victim," the suit alleges.
The affair lasted from March to September of 2009. Amy Beck turned herself in to police in March last year and pleaded no contest to unlawful sexual intercourse and committing a lewd act on a child. She is currently serving two years in prison.
In addition to the officer, the family's suit names the LAPD, Amy Beck, the school district, school officials and the city of Los Angeles as defendants, accusing them of failing to take appropriate action during and following the affair.