A biology teacher who’s at the center of a sex scandal involving one of her teenage students at the pricey private Brentwood School in Los Angeles is now also facing a drug charge for allegedly being found in possession of ecstasy at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

Riverside County court records show that Aimee Palmitessa was charged last Thursday with misdemeanor possession of ecstasy, stemming from a citation the 45-year-old educator received on April 22 at the famed music festival in Indio.

She was cited and released that day after allegedly being found in possession of the drug in two aluminum bindles.

She is slated to appear at the Indio courthouse on Sept. 25.

In the sex case, Palmitessa was arrested last Friday at her home by Los Angeles police and booked on suspicion of a felony statutory rape charge for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a minor student.

She was later released on $230,000 bail and has since been placed on administrative leave, according to a statement released by Dr. Mike Riera, head of the Brentwood School.

The Brentwood School is described as an elite K-12 coed campus in the pricey Los Angeles westside neighborhood of Brentwood.

Tuition can range around $40,000 per year.

Palmitessa, who has a doctorate, is due in court in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 15 for arraignment on the rape charge, according to jail records.

“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.

–Staff and wire reports

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