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Teacher allegedly groped teen, asked him to ‘send nudes’
A teacher in Georgia was arrested after allegedly groping a 15-year-old student and telling the boy via Snapchat to “send nudes,” authorities said.
Ryan Harvey, a 24-year-old former orchestra teacher at Woodland High School in Stockbridge, was arrested Sunday on several charges, including aggravated child molestation, sexual battery and solicitation of sodomy, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The alleged victim told deputies from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office that Harvey told him in early September that he was the “only 15-year-old that I would ever f—k with,” according to a sheriff’s incident report.
The alleged advances continued the following month, as the teen told authorities that Harvey would occasionally send him videos of him driving or doing other mundane activities on Snapchat. The teen said Harvey also sent him an image with a heart emoji with a caption that read: “send nudes.”
The teen said Harvey then sent another message saying “that wasn’t for you” before sending yet another that read, “That WAS for you.”
Harvey also asked the boy to stay after school on one occasion to “do the thing” while making a gesture implying oral sex and then sent the teen a photo of himself in November wearing nothing but pink underwear while standing in a bathroom. Later that month, Harvey groped the teen on two occasions, according to the incident report.
Harvey, who was placed on administrative leave after an investigation was launched in November, resigned last month, just weeks before his arrest. He remains in custody without bail at the Henry County Jail and is due to return to court on March 6, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
One parent of a student at the school, meanwhile, said he’s now worried about his son.
“I heard about it this morning and my first instinct was to worry about the welfare of my son,” Darrell Pierce told WXIA. “Because if somebody’s like that around the school and they’re doing what they’re doing with children, then you know, my son could have been involved.”
Harvey, who graduated from the school in 2012, said he was “pretty nervous” to return to his alma mater to teach since he was “not too far removed from my students in age,” he said in 2016.
“Eventually, I want to be a professional orchestra conductor,” Harvey told the Henry Herald. “Having a music education background will definitely help me in the professional conducting world. It’s an out-there idea but one day, I want to conduct for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra or New York Philharmonic.”