CEDAR RAPIDS — A former Linn-Mar High School nurse pleaded guilty Monday to having sex with a 16-year-old student.
Angela D. Beik, 47, of Marion, made a written Alford plea to sexual exploitation by a school employee, an aggravated misdemeanor. She faces up to six months in jail, according to a plea agreement. She also will be listed on the sex offender registry for 10 years and serve a special 10-year parole sentence because this was a sex crime.
An Alford plea is when a defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutor have enough evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
By pleading, Beik admitted to having sex with a teenage boy in one incident, said Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden. Because Beik agreed to plead, Vander Sanden said he agreed not to pursue a charge enhancement showing there was a pattern of behavior. If she had been convicted with that enhancement at trial, she could have faced up to six years in prison.
Her sentencing is April 23 in Linn County District Court.
Vander Sanden said he talked to the victim’s family and they gave their consent to the plea to spare their son having to testify before a jury.
Beik signed an agreement not to practice nursing, which resulted in her license being suspended pending resolution of this case, according to a May 2018 document filed by the Iowa Board of Nursing. The board will not pursue formal disciplinary charges until the criminal case is resolved, the document shows.
“In my view, this was a just outcome especially given that the defendant had no prior criminal record,” Vander Sanden said.
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Beik had told two nurses at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital, where she worked, about her relationship with the teen, court documents show. 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 she had a “make out session” with a Linn-Mar student in October 2017 and then sexual contact with him in March 2018, according to a search warrant affidavit. Beik also received a Snapchat video from the teen, the nurses told police.
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 investigated.
Beik was fired from her school job April 9, 2018 and from her hospital job two days later.
Beik was charged with reporting false information to police last year 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 also is charged with assault, a simple misdemeanor, in a separate incident from December 2018. She is accused of hitting a woman in the face who was working the drive-through at Starbucks, 4804 First Ave. NE in Cedar Rapids. Her trial for that is set for April 25.
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