A high school administrator was facing up to 20 years in jail after being reportedly found engaged in a sex act with a 17-year-old boy.
Emma Jean Hardy, 57, posted $75,000 bail and was released from jail after being arrested along with the pupil on Sunday evening.
Hardy works as a registrar at the Memorial High School in Port Arthur, Texas.
Tryst: Emma Jean Hardy, 57, has been charged with having an improper relationship with a 17-year-old boy who attends the school she works at in Port Arthur, Texas
She was released from the Jefferson County Correctional Facility around 6:30 pm last night.
Although Hardy is not a teacher, according to state law no employee involved in education is allowed to have a sexual relationship with a student.
The charge is a second-degree felony which means if convicted, Hardy could face up to 20 years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender.
The 17-year-old, who has not been identified, was charged with a lewd conduct misdemeanor.
According to police, the pair were found while involved in a sex act in a car near the pier in downtown Port Arthur at 8pm.
Deputy Superintendent for Memorial High Mark Porterie told beaumontenterprise.com that school authorities were investigating but at present, they had no further comment.
It was unclear whether Hardy would be able to keep her job at the school which involves maintaining student records and enrollment in classes.
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