PA guidance counselor promised teen Harvard admission for sex

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MALVERN, PA — A school guidance counselor at Malvern Prep in Chester County is accused of trying to seduce a 16-year-old boy with a promise to get him into Harvard University.

Emily Feeney, 40, was a swim coach and counselor at the school for two years, but has since been fired.

District Attorney Thomas Hogan told WPVI, “The defendant was extraordinarily predatory in the way she attacked this 16-year-old boy, going after him again and again and again.”

Investigators said hundreds of emails were recovered after a search warrant.  The messages contained pictures of Feeney in various stages of undress including a topless ‘selfie’ photo.

The messages date back to June of 2014 when the victim was 16-years-old, and investigators say at one point she kissed the boy.

The victim told investigators he repeatedly told Feeney to stop, in one message saying, “I’m not interested in you end of story. I’m 16. I’m not into you.”

Feeney allegedly sent the victim messages such as:

“I am re opening this conversation in two years when you graduate,” she wrote in one e-mail. “No one would get in trouble and it would be so worth it. Tabled for two years.”

In another e-mail, Feeney wrote, “Girls will come and go (and it sounds like this one won’t be doing much coming but that’s your problem) but friends do not. You can’t ignore and screw over friends for a girl, or a swim meet or anything else. You’ve done that repeatedly to me and I’ve had enough. I don’t need it.”

“I adore you – always have, always will.”

“If you ever cared about me, please don’t shut me out. It’s too painful.”

In another message, Feeney allegedly said “If you’d… just stop fighting and let it happen, you’d be a lot less uptight and much happier.”

The victim told investigators she that she told him she could use her connections to get him into Harvard University. The victim told investigators he did not want to jeopardize his chances of getting into the ivy league school.

Feeney forwarded an e-mail to the victim from Harvard stating that he would be a likely letter candidate for the swim team. The e-mail was ended with the caveat, “you [victim] owe me big time. And no high fives.”

Feeney is charged with Institutional Sex Assault, Unlawful Contact with a Minor, Corruption of Minors and Indecent Assault.

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