A Memorial High School secretary, Emma Hardy, 57, remains in the Jefferson County Jail Monday Afternoon in lieu of a $75,000 bond for Improper Relationship between Educator and Student, a second degree felony, after she was arrested Sunday evening by Port Arthur Police. According to a press release from the department, at 7:58 p.m. Sunday, an officer "observed a suspicious vehicle parked on the Seawall near downtown Port Arthur. The officer approached the vehicle and saw a male and a female engaged in sexual activity inside the vehicle."
The student, age 17, was charged with Public Lewdness, posted a $250 bond according to an employee at the jail and was released Sunday night.
Dr. Mark Porterie, deputy superintendent for Port Arthur Independent School District, acknowledged that Hardy was an employee of the district, and that no action would be taken against the 57-year-old until the Port Arthur Police had completed its investigation into the matter.
"At this time, she is still employed with the district, that is correct," Porterie said. "We're just waiting for the investigation to end, and then we'll follow the policy."
As for the policy, Porterie said, "obviously, that is the kind of conduct the district does not tolerate, and we'll move forward when we find out exactly what it is (police) come up with." When asked if Hardy's conduct is a fireable offense, Porterie said, "it's not something the district tolerates."