CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—A woman who works closely with a local high school was arrested Thursday afternoon for having a sexual relationship with a juvenile student.
On Oct. 24, Chesterfield County Police arrested 30-year-old Kristin L. S. Beck, a private contractor who works as an athletic trainer for the Monacan High School varsity football team. She was charged with consensual sexual intercourse with a child over the age of 15.
"It's devastating," said the parent of a Monacan High football player, who does not wish to be identified. "I'm so upset right now I don't really know what to say."
The concerned mother was in shock after her 17-year-old son came home from football practice on Thursday.
"He said, ‘Mom, guess what happened just now?' And I said, ‘What?' And he said, ‘The trainer for Monacan football team just got handcuffed and put in the principal's office.'"
Though Beck, of the 4700 block of Landing Court, is under investigation for having inappropriate relations with a student on the football team, police say she was not in fact handcuffed at the school.
"I know of two [students] so far," the parent told 8News Senior Reporter Nate Eaton. "I said, ‘Was it on school property?' and he said, ‘I know that she's been at his house a few times.'"
On Friday, Chesterfield Police told 8News that a student told Monacan High School officials that Beck and another student were having sex. When questioned, the student admitted that he and Beck had consensually had sexual relations once at a home, not on school property.
Beck is not an employee of Chesterfield County Public Schools; she works for HCA Virginia, a contractor with the school system. This upset mother hopes justice is served.
"I think she needs to go to jail, if this has been going on for years," she said. "I don't care if it happened for one time only; it's our babies out there and it's just not right."
Chesterfield County Public Schools requires HCA Virginia to perform background checks on its employees before allowing them to work with students. 8News reached out to HCA Virginia on Thursday night; a spokesperson says the hospital system is looking into the matter.
On Oct. 25, HCA Virginia released a statement that said, "We were disappointed to learn about the serious allegations against this former employee. We conduct background checks as part of our hiring processes, and we do not tolerate behavior that could compromise the well-being of the people entrusted to our care."
Because her actions with the student, who was between the ages of 15 and 17, did not constitute a felony, Beck was only given a summons and has been released from police custody. She will appear in Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
8News Anchor Kerri O'Brien went to Beck's home Friday morning to ask her about the charges. Someone was at home at the time, but did not answer the door.
At this time, police have no knowledge of any other students who were involved with her, but ask that people come forward if they are aware of other student involvement.
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