Public Safety

Former school nurse convicted of sexual exploitation has sentencing delayed

Hearing will likely be reset for mid-July

Angela Beik
Angela Beik

CEDAR RAPIDS — A sentencing hearing was delayed Tuesday for a former Linn-Mar High School nurse convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old student.

The sentencing was delayed because a presentencing report hasn’t been completed for <URL destination="https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/public-safety/former-linn-mar-high-school-nurse-angela-beik-pleads-to-having-sex-with-16-year-old-student-20190226">Angela D. Beik, 47, of Marion. It likely will be rescheduled for mid-July.

Beik in February pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation by a school employee, </URL>an aggravated misdemeanor. She entered a written Alford plea, which is where a defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges the prosecution has enough evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

In addition to the presentencing report, which is prepared by the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services, the court also is waiting on a separate psychosexual evaluation through a private agency — requested by Beik at her own expense, according to court documents filed Monday.

John Jacobsen, Beik’s lawyer, asked the court for a continuance because of the incomplete reports, and Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden didn’t object to resetting the hearing.

According to the plea agreement, Beik admitted to having sex with a teenage boy in one incident.

Because Beik agreed to plea, Vander Sanden in February said he agreed not to pursue a charge enhancement showing a pattern of behavior. If convicted with that enhancement at trial, she could have faced up to six years in prison.

Vander Sanden previously said he talked to the teenager’s family and they consented to the plea agreement to spare their son from having to testify before a jury.

Beik now faces six months in jail and will have to be listed on the sex offender registry for 10 years. She also will serve a special 10-year parole sentence because this is a sex crime.

In May 2018, Beik signed an agreement not to practice nursing, which resulted in her license being suspended pending resolution of this case, according to documents filed by the Iowa Board of Nursing. The board will not pursue formal disciplinary charges until the criminal case is resolved, the document shows.

Beik 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 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 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 also charged with reporting false information to police last year about what happened between her and the 16-year-old, but that charge will be dismissed at sentencing as part of the plea agreement.

Beik still faces an assault charge, accused of hitting a woman in the face who was working the drive-thru at Starbucks, 4804 First Ave. NE, in December 2018. A bench trial — which does not have a jury — is set for April 25.

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