A former teacher at a Catholic girls’ high school pleaded not guilty Monday to multiple criminal charges in connection with an alleged nearly three-year sexual relationship with an underage student.
Elizabeth Ann Brewer, 39, was a teacher at Notre Dame Academy, a Westside all-girls private school, when she had the alleged relationship between January 2004 and December 2006, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Brewer was arrested in October by police in Culver City, where she lives. Police said a “lengthy investigation” led to her arrest after an alleged victim came forward.
She was accused of having a relationship with a 16-year-old student at the Rancho Park school, according to the DA’s office.
Brewer pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual penetration by foreign
object two counts of oral copulation and one count of forcible oral copulation, the DA’s office stated.
She faces up to 21 years in state prison if convicted as charged.
In a letter sent to parents when Brewer’s arrest was announced in October, the president of Notre Dame Academy said the school was cooperating with the police investigation.
President Nancy Coomis told parents she first learned of the allegations several years earlier, after the student had graduated and Brewer was no longer at the school. The allegations were reported to police immediately, Coomis said.
Brewer was due back in court Jan. 20.