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02/28/2011 06:09 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sarah Foss, Stetson University Student, Accused Of Stalking And Threatening Her Professor

Stetson University freshman Sarah Foss, 19, was arrested for stalking her professor and sending him threatening e-mails in which she insinuated a romantic relationship and wrote "I will kill you if I have to," reports the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Foss -- who graduated high school with honors and earned a $72,000 scholarship to study at Stetson -- began e-mailing visiting assistant professor David McCarthy, 33, on Thursday night and send him least 12 increasingly aggressive messages before McCarthy turned to campus security.

Police told the News-Journal that Foss was speaking with a Stetson counselor upon her arrest. DeLand police Deputy Chief Randel Henderson added that, "we don't know at this point if (a romantic relationship) is an element of the investigation." But Stetson College of Arts and Sciences dean Grady Ballenger said no such relationship existed between the two: "If there was an infatuation, it was a one-way street."

WFTV reports that Foss was released on her own recognizance when her family said she'd find treatment in Pensacola. She faces felony charges of aggravated stalking and written threats to kill.