Pennsylvania Guidance Counselor Promised Teen Admission to Harvard in Exchange for Sex: D.A.
"I'm not interested in you end of story I'm 16 I'm not into you," the boy wrote to Emily Feeney in February
A Pennsylvania guidance counselor is accused of seducing a teenage boy by promising him that she’d get him into Harvard if he had sex with her.
Emily Feeney, 40, turned herself in to authorities on Wednesday on charges of institutional sex assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and indecent assault, according to ABC7.
Investigators say the two never actually had sex but Feeney, a guidance counselor and swim coach at Malvern Prep in Malvern, Pennsylvania, pursued him relentlessly, sending the 16-year-old boy inappropriate emails and text messages that included a topless picture of herself.
“I adore you – always have, always will,” the married mother allegedly wrote in one of the messages, NBC Philadelphia reports.
“If you’d just stop fighting and let it happen, you’d be a lot less uptight and much happier,” read another message from Feeney to the boy.
“I’m not interested in you end of story I’m 16 I’m not into you,” the boy wrote back in February.
But the rejection only led Feeney to “ratchet up the pressure,” telling the boy that she could get him into Harvard – but only in exchange for sexual favors, according to Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan.
“The defendant was extraordinarily predatory in the way she attacked this 16-year-old boy, going after him again and again and again,” said Hogan.
The boy eventually told his parents of the messages in mid-May. They took matters to police, who opened an investigation.
Following her court appearance Wednesday, Feeney’s lawyer, Michael Engle, asked the public to withhold judgment.
“She’s understandably upset,” Engle said of his client. “These are serious charges and we’re taking the matter very seriously.”
Feeney was put on leave from Malvern Prep in May after the allegations surfaced and was later fired.
She has not yet entered a plea to the charges.
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