Cops: Counselor Promised Harvard Admission for Sex

Female prep school official accused of trying to seduce 16-year-old boy
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2015 10:51 AM CDT
Cops: Counselor Promised Harvard Admission for Sex
Guidance counselor charged with promising student acceptance to Harvard in exchange for sex.   (Shutterstock)

A Harvard graduate with an impeccable Ivy League resumé has been charged with repeatedly attempting to have sex with a student at an elite all-boys prep school in Pennsylvania, even promising the teen she would get him into her alma mater if he did what she wanted, the New York Daily News reports. Authorities say Malvern Prep director of college counseling and swim coach Emily Feeney, 40, started sending hundreds of messages to one of her 16-year-old swimmers last year, according to WPVI. These messages allegedly included risqué photos and pleas for the victim to reciprocate her feelings. "You are gorgeous, and this is killing me" read one such message, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Authorities say the victim repeatedly told Feeney to stop—at one point messaging her, "I'm 16. I'm not into you"—and an investigation was launched in May, WPVI reports. According to the Daily News, investigators discovered Feeney, who allegedly kissed the victim at one point, forwarded him a message from Harvard stating he was a top prospect for its swim team. She allegedly told the victim he "owed her big" for that and she wasn't talking about "high fives." Feeney was arrested Wednesday and charged with institutional sex assault and more for acts the district attorney calls "extraordinarily predatory." Feeney is the fourth school employee in Pennsylvania's Chester County to be charged with sexually abusing a student in the past three months, according to the Inquirer. (More sexual assault stories.)

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