MARION, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Linn-Mar Schools has terminated a high school nurse under investigation for having sex with a student.
The district says it terminated the employment of Angela Beik Monday. Beik is the subject of an investigation after court documents say she bragged to coworkers about having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student at Linn-Mar.
Linn-Mar released the following statement on Beik's firing:
"As soon as the district was made aware of the situation -- and to allow for an investigation -- Beik was placed on paid administrative leave March 20, 2018. Beik’s employment with the school district was terminated on April 9, 2018. Beik was a full-time nurse at Linn-Mar High School since August 2016.
"Student safety is our first and foremost concern. The district takes all allegations related to abuse or harassment very seriously."
Superintendent of Linn-Mar schools Quintin Shepherd says staff can have contact with students on social media, as long as it's appropriate.
He says, "Our teachers do have contact with students as you expect, and contact with students' parents, and we encourage that. We want our teachers to feel comfortable reaching out and letting parents know how students are doing, so we do encourage that, but again, there is a demarcation between what's appropriate and what isn't appropriate."
The school district says they didn't notify parents right away about the allegations because the incident did not happen on school grounds, and due to the ongoing investigation.
UnityPoint St. Luke's says Beik is on paid leave from the hospital during the investigation.
"The employee in question worked (as-needed) and was placed on immediate administrative leave when the initial allegations were filed," according to a statement on behalf of St. Luke's. "Hospital administrators and staff are fully cooperating with investigators."
Cedar Rapids Police are investigating a Linn-Mar High School Nurse who admitted having sex with a 16 year-old student, according to court documents.
As of Tuesday morning, police have not arrested Angela Beik, age 46 of Marion, and no warrant had been filed with Linn County Court. Details of the investigation are revealed in search warrants. Linn-Mar Schools placed Beik on paid administrative leave last month.
The search warrant application says Beik bragged about the relationship to two coworkers at UnityPoint St. Luke's Hospital, where Beik also works. Those coworkers reported the relationship to the Iowa Department of Human Services, which started the investigation, which is why Cedar Rapids police are leading the investigation.
The 16 year-old denied the sexual relationship with Beik when questioned by investigators.
According to the search warrant filed by Marion Police, Beik told coworkers she had a make out session with the student in October 2017 and that the two exchanged text and snapchat messages with sexual images, even going into detail of how long the sex lasted.
The search warrant seized cell phones from both the student and Beik, looking for sexting images on the phone or social media apps as well as GPS data.
Cedar Rapids police have not said yet if or when any criminal charges might be filed. The age of consent in Iowa is 16 but, as a school employee, it would be illegal for Beik to engage in any sexual relationship with a student at Linn Mar. The charge for that offense is Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee.