Public Safety

September trial still on track for former Linn-Mar school nurse charged with sexual exploitation of 16-year-old student

Also accused of filing false police report

Background

Angela D. Beik, a former Linn-Mar High School nurse, was charged in April with having sex with a 16-year-old student after she told two co-workers of the illicit relationship.

Beik, 46, of Marion, 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.

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 the Linn County Attorney’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.

DHS opened an investigation of Beik about March 18, according to the affidavit, and then Marion police obtained her phone. There are no details about what was found on her phone in court records.

A search warrant application shows the teen and his mother allowed an Iowa Department of Human Services investigator to review the teen’s phone, but it showed no history of calls or text messages. A Marion police investigator, in the application, said this usually indicates a person has deleted the information.

What’s happened since

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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.

An additional charge of false reports, a serious misdemeanor, was filed in May after more information came to light, Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said last week.

Beik 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.” She testified during the hearing that she didn’t realize combining alcohol and a sleep aid could be dangerous.

The next morning, March 19, the teen called asking her to come over. Beik said she had been mentoring the student, and he had become “very close” to her family. She 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.

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Beik lost the appeal last month. 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.

Vander Sanden said the criminal trial should start Sept. 24 in Linn County District Court.

Court documents show the defense and prosecution have until Aug. 20 to file any remaining motions in the case. A discovery order for evidence was granted last month to the defense, ordering the prosecution to provide Beik’s lawyer with a video recording of the interview conducted at St. Luke’s Child Protection Center with the 16-year-old.

Beik has pleaded not guilty and remains free on bail pending trial.

If convicted, she faces up to six years in prison.

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