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An Arizona teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage girl, beginning when she was just 16, allegedly coached her to lie about her age.
David Beck, 36, of Phoenix is now facing two counts of sexual conduct, 12 News in Phoenix reports.
The victim, now 22, claims the abuse began six years ago when she was 16. She recently came forward to investigators with the accusation, and as a result, Beck allegedly admitted to the crimes on a recorded line, according to KNXV-TV in Phoenix.
In addition to being accused of the inappropriate relationship, Beck also allegedly told the woman to lie about her age when it began, telling her to tell others that she was 20 if asked.
It’s unclear what school Beck worked at when he met the unnamed victim or if she was a student or previous student. He has reportedly worked in the Fowler Elementary School District for the past three years, according to KNXV. That school placed Beck on administrative leave on Nov. 21, after they got wind that he was under investigation, 12 News reports.
“He has not returned to our campuses,” the district said in a statement, obtained by Az Family. “The District administration has continued to co-operate with the authorities regarding this matter. The District does not have any information that any district student was involved in the allegations that have led to his arrest."
During his court appearance, Beck told a judge he is the father of five children. His bond was set at $50,000 and while he’s been referred to a public defender office, it’s not clear if he has a lawyer.
Beck has previously been convicted for a DUI incident and public urination.
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