A science teacher from Pennsylvania kicked off the school year behind bars after she was arrested for allegedly carrying on a sexual relationship with a teenage student during his summer break, an illicit arrangement that began when the victim went swimming at her house.
In July, Williamsburg High School teacher Nikki Varney invited the 15-year-old student to cool off at the swimming pool in her home, CBS News reported. After they were done swimming in the pool, the student told investigators, they “moved to the hot tub.”
Later that day, 44-year-old Varney drove the student to Canoe Creek State Park. There, they walked Varney’s dog before allegedly engaging in a sex act on a park bench.
In a separate incident last month, Varney picked the student up from basketball practice and told him that she was going to be home alone that evening. In an affidavit, investigators wrote that the boy “stated that they went to her residence, where they had sex.” When they were not together, Varney allegedly kept in touch with the student via Snapchat.
When police interviewed Varney about the allegations earlier this month, she confessed to having sex with the student on two occasions that matched up with the victim’s descriptions. She was charged with institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with minors and statutory sexual assault.
Williamsburg Community School District Superintendent Lisa Murgas confirmed to WJAC-TV that Varney had been placed on administrative leave. The district’s website reveals that Varney has been teaching since 1997 and currently teaches science, chemistry and physics. She also sponsors the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science.