A California biology teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student reportedly failed to appear in court to face unrelated drug charges.
The 45-year-old supposedly wasn’t present for a Wednesday morning court date, leading her lawyer to ask for the hearing to be adjourned. Indio Judge Harold Hopp granted the request, rescheduling the drug trial to September 25, according to the Daily Mail.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Palmitessa, a teacher at the esteemed Brentwood School, was arrested and charged with statutory rape last Friday. The educator has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the felony sex charges.
“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,” Head of School Dr. Mike Riera said in a statement.
The high school teacher has supposedly worked at Brentwood School since 2010. Palmitessa, who has a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology, previously taught at Penn State Abington.
Palmitessa was originally jailed on $230,000 bail but has since been released, according to the LAPD.
The 45-year-old is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles court on September 15.
[Featured Image: The Brentwood Flyer]