This week’s female high school employee busted for allegedly trying to seduce a teenage male student with raunchy nude photos is Emily Feeney.
Feeney, 40, is a former guidance counselor at Malvern Preparatory School, a fancypants Catholic bastion in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pa. She was also a coach for the swim team.
In addition to the inviting photos, cops say Feeney also promised the unidentified student that she could get him admitted to Harvard University, reports local CBS affiliate WPVI-TV.
Feeney’s months-long pursuit of the student was a hard, persistent but ultimately unsuccessful slog, Chester County district attorney Tom Hogan charged.
Her quest began in 2014. There were hundreds of emails, police say. There were texts. These messages included a topless photo and other imagery of Feeney partially disrobed in various ways.
“I adore you — always have, always will,” the guidance counselor allegedly wrote.
“If you’d… just stop fighting and let it happen, you’d be a lot less uptight and much happier,” another missive said, according to investigators.
Feeney used her official Malvern Prep work email account, cops say.
Feeney kissed the teenager at one point as well.
“The defendant was extraordinarily predatory in the way she attacked this 16-year-old boy, going after him again and again and again,” Hogan told WPVI.
However, it was all for naught. The teen said he repeatedly spurned Feeney’s advances.
“I’m not interested in you end of story,” he reportedly said. “I’m 16. I’m not into you.”
Undaunted, Feeney allegedly tried the old if-you-hook-up-with-me-I-will-totally-get-you-into-Harvard trick. Specifically, said she could use her connections in the college admissions industry to get him admitted to the Ivy League school. He stood a chance at earning a spot on Harvard’s swim team, she allegedly told the teen. (RELATED: Harvard Will Field First Openly Transsexual Swimmer)
“You owe me big time,” Feeney allegedly said.
That gambit also failed, the student told investigators.
Hogan, the district attorney, called Feeney’s actions highly problematic because of the 24-year “difference in power and authority” between her and the teen.
The charges against Feeney include institutional sex assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors.
Feeney turned herself in on Wednesday and was released on $7,500 bail.
She has pleaded innocent.
Malvern Prep advertises itself as a school “built upon the Augustinian values of Truth, Unity and Love.” The ratio of students to faculty members is 9-to-1. Fully 100 percent of all graduates go on to attend four-year colleges, the school boasts.
Tuition for high school students is $31,200 per year, which is about 60 percent of the entire median household income in Pennsylvania.
Tuition for sixth graders is $27,600 annually.
Feeney worked at the toney prep school for two years before she was recently fired.