Additional charges filed on Heyward
Additional charges have been filed against former Estill Middle School resource officer Larry Heyward, and another juvenile has come forward saying that the officer molested him/her.
Heyward, 52, of Heyward Town Road, Garnett, was booked into the Hampton County Detention Center late Wednesday on charges that include criminal sexual conduct with a minor, or attempt, victim under 11 years of age, first degree, a second misconduct in office charge, and enhanced habitual offender charges.
A spokesperson with the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office did not have specifics on the new charges Thursday, but he added that the charges stemmed from "a new victim" coming forward.
Heyward, who was fired from the Hampton County Sheriff's Office following his Jan. 5 arrest stemming from allegations he sexually assaulted a now-15-year-old male student over a two-year period while on duty as a school officer, was indicted on Thursday on the original charges of criminal sexual conduct charges with a minor between 11-14 years old, committing a lewd act on a minor, and misconduct in office.
Heyward had been out of jail on bond when he was re-arrested by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED). This latest felony charge carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.
SLED sent a news release to media outlets around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and accordingn to SLED warrants Heyward is charged with fondling a male juvenile student while on duty at the school sometime in September 2011.
ReClaim Global, a sex abuse victim's advocacy group that held a protest on the steps of the Hampton County Courthouse Monday, has stated that they believe there are many more victims out there, and a law firm from Columbia has suggested they are prepared to file civil suits to get money for any victims.
Read the full story in The Guardian.