Teacher Who Was Arrested for Alleged Sexual Relations at Brentwood School in California is Presumed Innocent

Aimee Palmitessa

A teacher at one of California’s most elite private schools was arrested over the weekend for allegedly having inappropriate sexual encounters with a 16-year-old student. Aimee Palmitessa (45) was booked and released after posting $230,000 bail.

Palmitessa, who taught biology at the Brentwood School, has Ph.D. degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology. She previously worked at Penn State Abington.  The tuition, according to the school’s website, is around $40,760 per pupil for grades 7-12. Brentwood School has two campuses located four blocks apart in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. 

Aerial view of the school known for attracting wealthy students.

Details of the arrest and the circumstances that led up to it have not been made public, but Palmitessa is now due to appear in court in LA on September 15.

Palmitessa was not available for comment on Saturday but her partner, Vincent Bruzzese, 53, told DailyMail.com:  “I know nothing about this. I have no comment.”


Miss Palmitessa is presumed to be not guilty of any potential charges levied against her by the government. Many cases that originate from student claims turn out to be untrue, and the teacher’s name is dragged through the mud. Of course, given our limited knowledge of the allegations and the facts, we pass no opinion on the merits of this case. Given this teacher’s exceptional academic qualifications, we hope that due process and fairness pervade the upcoming proceedings

UPDATE: April 19, 2019

Palmitessa pleaded No Contest to three felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with her former student in 2017. The boy allegedly told on her. She is set to start her jail term on May 1st.


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