Elite Brentwood School teacher arrested for having sex with teen

45-year-old Aimee Palmitessa was arrested Friday, August 18, 2017, and taken into custody by LAPD detectives, for having sex with a 16-year-old student.

Sexual relations between a teacher and a student is sexual molestation of that student. This behavior, on behalf of a teacher, is usually not unique to one time, one victim. It’s expected and likely that law enforcement will find victims beyond the one who initially reported, at Brentwood, or schools at which she formerly taught. If you are suspicious of your child having been harmed by this teacher, please contact Estey & Bomberger. We are sex abuse lawyers specializing in child survivors. Please use this form, or call 213.596.4855, ASAP. We are at 445 Figueroa in Los Angeles. Our confidential initial consultations are at no charge, and there is no obligation to hire us. If you do hire us we pay all costs on your behalf, including medical and psychological, and you only pay if we recover money on your behalf. A client pays nothing up front.

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Further Information on Palmitessa’s Case

Palmitessa holds a PHD in biochemistry and molecular biology. She now teaches biology at Brentwood School, once of the most expensive in Los Angeles, as well as one of the state’s highest-ranked schools. She taught previously at Penn State Abington.

School officials are “shocked and distressed” according to Brentwood head Mike Riera, who added that after the arrest, Palmitessa was placed on leave. According to the LA Sheriff’s Department, she has since been released on $250,000 bail.

Current students include the children of Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart and Reese Witherspoon, and noted alumni include Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, comedian Jonah Hill, actor Ben Savage and Patrick Schwarzenegger.