An orchestra teacher who taught at a high school in Stockbridge, Georgia, is accused of trying to start an inappropriate relationship with one of his students. According to the New York Post, Ryan Harvey, 24, was arrested on Sunday on multiple charges including aggravated child molestation and sexual battery.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Harvey is accused of groping a 15-year-old male student’s genitals twice. Harvey also allegedly messaged the teen on Snapchat, sending the boy a heart emoji with an instruction to “send nudes,” police said. The teen said Harvey followed up that message with one stating, “That wasn’t for you.” But then, he contradicted himself by sending another message that stated, “That WAS for you.”
The teen boy told police Harvey once told him that he was the “only 15-year-old that I would ever f*ck with,” according to a sheriff’s incident report. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Harvey sent the alleged victim photographs of himself. In one, the teacher was allegedly wearing only pink underwear.
In another incident, Harvey asked him to stay after school to “do the thing,” making a gesture with his tongue pushing his cheek out, which was meant to imply oral sex.
The incidents happened last fall, according to various reports. The teacher was placed on administrative leave in November and eventually resigned last month. It is unclear at this time if Harvey has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf. He is currently being held without bail.
“Eventually, I want to be a professional orchestra conductor,” Harvey told local newspaper Henry Herald in an article back when he started the teaching job. “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.”
[Photo: Henry County Sheriff's Office]