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Trial for former Linn-Mar school nurse accused of having sex with student reset to next year

Trial reset to March 4

Angela Beik
Angela Beik

CEDAR RAPIDS — The trial for a former Linn-Mar High School nurse, who is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student, was reset to March 4 in Linn County District Court.

Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden asked for the continuance because a lead police investigator will be out of state during the week in December when the trial was previously set for Angela D. Beik, 47, of Marion.

Beik’s lawyer didn’t object to the motion.

Beik is charged with one count of sexual exploitation by a school employee, a felony. She is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old boy at various locations in Linn County, according to the criminal complaint.

An additional charge of false reports, a serious misdemeanor, was filed in May after more information came to light, Vander Sanden told The Gazette in August.

Cedar Rapids police started an investigation after receiving reports March 19 that Beik had sex with and received explicit messages from the teen. Marion police and Vander Sanden’s office also worked on the investigation.

Court documents show Beik told two nurses at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital, where she worked, about her relationship with the teen. As mandatory reporters, the nurses contacted the Iowa Department of Human Services and their supervisors.

Beik, who had also worked at Linn-Mar since 2016, told the nurses that she had a “make out session” with a Linn-Mar student in October and then had sexual contact with him in March, which she “described in great detail,” according to a search warrant affidavit. Beik also received a Snapchat video from the teen, the nurses told police.

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Beik was fired from her school job April 9. She also was placed on administrative leave after the investigation started and then fired from the hospital April 11.

Beik also is accused of reporting false information to police April 17 about what happened between her and the 16-year-old. She accused the teen of “forcing” her to have sex with him, Vander Sanden said.

Beik testified during a hearing that the student sexually assaulted her March 19, according to an Iowa Workforce Development unemployment benefits appeal filed July 25 in Linn County District Court.

Beik said she took Ambien, a prescription sleep aid, March 18 after a night of “excessive drinking.” The next morning, March 19, the teen called asking her to come over. Beik admitted knowing the teen was home alone, but he wanted to talk, according to the appeal.

Initially, Beik didn’t report the alleged sexual assault or get an exam because she didn’t realize the assault happened until the next day because of the effects of the sleep aid, according to the appeal.

Beik wrote in the appeal that she later reported the alleged sexual assault to her pastor and to Marion police.

Beik lost that appeal in July. The Employment Appeal Board in Des Moines, which reviewed an administrative law judge’s ruling from April, agreed with the judge that Beik was discharged for job-related misconduct and benefits should be denied.

Beik remains free on bail pending trial. If convicted, she faces up to six years in prison.

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