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A 45-year-old woman teacher at the exclusive Brentwood School was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old student.

Dr. Aimee Palmitessa was arrested by Los Angeles police, according to L.A. County jail records.

She was booked on a felony statutory rape charge and released on $230,000 bail on Friday, according to jail records. Palmitessa was scheduled to head to court in downtown Los Angeles for arraignment on Sept. 15, according to jail records.

There was no confirmation of the gender of the 16-year-old student Palmitessa was alleged to have had sex with, nor was there word of how the situation was discovered by authorities.

Palmitessa, who has a Ph.D., was placed on administrative leave from the pricey school, according to a statement released by the head of the facility Dr. Mike Riera.

Tuition at the school can range to $40,000 a year.

“The LAPD did not share additional information with us, such as the nature of the inappropriate relationship or the identity of the minor student. We immediately placed Dr. Palmitessa on leave,” Riera said.

“We were shocked and distressed to receive the news of these allegations. As always, our primary concern is the safety, health and well- being of our students. To that end we will do everything we can to cooperate with the official police investigation,” Riera said.

Brentwood School is an elite K-12 coed school in Brentwood.

–City News Service

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