Prosecutor: Trainer, Chesterfield student traded explicit texts before having sex

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) — The high school athletic trainer accused of having sex with a 17-year-old Monacan High School student pleaded guilty Thursday to contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Kristin Beck, 30, was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with six months suspended. The judge said Beck crossed a line and hoped the jail sentence would deter others from making similar bad choices.

Beck had no comment for reporters when she was released from custody just hours after being sentenced.

According to prosecutors, Beck exchanged phone numbers with the high school student last October after he was injured playing football.

Prosecutor B.J. McGee said the pair then sent sexually explicit text messages until they arranged to meet at the teen's house. That's where he said they first hugged and kissed. But McGee said the next time the two met at the home, they had sex.

However,  McGee said Beck did not realize the student had recorded the sex act on his cell phone.

Officials said Beck first tried to deny the allegations, but confessed when police told her about the video the student recorded, which showed Beck's wedding ring.

"You have the public humiliation. You have the lost of a career. You have the loss of a marriage -- and essentially, the loss of her place in the community, so she really has suffered,” Ed Riley, Beck's attorney, said.

Riley described his client as a victim, who was a hard worker with no criminal background. He said Beck made a mistake calling the 17-year-old the aggressor.

"She should've known better," Riley said. "But he went after her and because where she was in her life, she succumbed to those advances."

However, Riley's defense angered one man, who is close to the teen's family.

"He is a minor. Whether in several months he's going to be 18 or not, it doesn't matter. By the law, he is a minor,” the family member said.

While the man said he thinks Beck should have received more jail time, he fell short of saying Beck took advantage of the teen.

"Any 17-year-old, of course they’re going to act on it because it’s their impulse," the man said. "His actions are wrong as well. But the fact is, she is an adult.”

Beck, who surrendered her license as an athletic trainer, was a private contractor not employed by Chesterfield County Public Schools.

“Chesterfield Police notified the school division October 24, 2013 of a community investigation involving an employee of Chippenham and Johnston Willis Hospitals, Inc.  This community investigation did not involve anything occurring on school property,” Chesterfield Schools Spokesman Shawn Smith said in a statement following Beck's arrest.

Beck’s attorney said since the crime is a misdemeanor, she will only serve half of her suspended sentence, which is three months.

Beck was released on bond pending the outcome of her appeal.


  • Average Joe

    I totally agree Steven, but I must admit, I wish i knew her…She could have consenual with me & I’m totally legal ;)

  • M.L. Adams

    “…The judge said…(he) hoped the jail sentence would deter others from making similar bad choices…”

    While the trainer’s behavior is reprehensible, so is the judge’s statement! You don’t pass sentence on someone based on your desire to ‘deter others!’

    • scars

      Of course you do. All sentences have deterrence as one of the goals. If someone gets a slap on the wrist, then of course others will think it worth the risk since the penalty is not that great. I’m glad she is getting punished and I hope that others will be deterred by a sentence that shows that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.

  • Richard Sutter

    What is to be done about In-Network doctors who send lab tests to Out-of-Network labs?
    No current healthcare reforms address this issue.
    Hold your 4 fingers up and tuck your thumb into your hand (the thumb represents govt) if you believe govt is too involved in our lives (spending too much money) and not providing the representative benefits.

  • Robo

    I feel sorry for Ms. Beck; she made a mistake and now has ruined her life. I realize that she is an adult the guy was under 18 so it was her call. It is too bad that there is not a penalty that does not screw your life up for the future. In the situation most people do not think, as far as it stopping others, some but not all. And it could be your son, daughter, etc. Talk about a Scarlet letter…

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