Aimee Palmitessa, who faces a dozen felony charges, is accused of having sex with one of her students at the elite Brentwood School in Los Angeles.
Aimee Palmitessa, who faces a dozen felony charges, is accused of having sex with one of her students at the elite Brentwood School in Los Angeles. Photo from the Journal of Biological Chemistry

A 45-year-old teacher who allegedly was found in possession of ecstasy at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, months before she was criminally charged with having a sexual relationship with one of her 17-year-old students at an exclusive Los Angeles private school, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a drug charge.

Aimee Palmitessa’s plea was entered on her behalf by an attorney. She did not have to personally appear on the ecstasy possession charge because it is a misdemeanor.

Palmitessa was cited and released on April 22, during the festival’s second weekend, for allegedly possessing the drug in two aluminum bindles.

She later made headlines after a former student at the Brentwood School in Los Angeles told police that she had sex with him on multiple occasions between June 12 and Aug. 11.

She was arrested and released on a $230,000 bond, while the school, an elite K-12 coed campus, placed her on administrative leave pending the resolution of the case.

She faces up to 10 years and four months in prison if convicted of seven counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, two counts each of sodomy and sexual penetration by foreign object of a person under 18, and a single count of oral copulation of a person under 18, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Palmitessa is due back at the Indio courthouse on Jan. 10 for a pretrial hearing in the drug case.

–City News Service

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