Sikeston Junior High teacher facing sexual-related charges issues statement through attorney
SIKESTON — A Sikeston Junior High School teacher facing charges for his alleged sexual contact with a student issued a statement Tuesday through his attorney.
Greg Newton Heuring, 47, of Benton is charged with one count of felony sexual contact with a student occurring on or around Oct. 20, 2017; and two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree assault occurred on or around Oct. 15, 2017, and Feb. 15, 2018, according to online court records.
The office of James McClellan, Heuring's attorney, released a statement on Tuesday.
"Greg Heuring absolutely and unequivocally maintains he is innocent of the false allegations made against him in Scott County,” the statement said. “His family, church and fellow teachers are supportive of him.
"He has been a shop teacher for nearly eight years at the Sikeston Junior High School. He was the sponsor of the Junior Beta Club, and he and other teachers reestablished and sponsored the Science Olympiad Club.
"He has coached girls' softball for many years with his children and others in the Benton area.
"He has been a faithful member of the Cape LaCroix Church in Benton for 18 years.
"Mr. Heuring's school records are impeccable. Mr. Heuring passed a polygraph examination before the State filed these charges verifying his truth and veracity. The law presumes he is innocent."
Police said on March 19 Sikeston R-6 administrators contacted the Department of Public Safety to report concerns a teacher may have had inappropriate contact with one of their students. Sikeston DPS, along with the Missouri Children’s Division, began a joint investigation into these allegations.
On May 9, an arrest warrant was issued through Scott County and served in reference to the case. Bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety, and Heuring posted bond on May 9.
Sikeston R-6 School District released an official statement May 10. According to the statement, the District was informed by Sikeston Department of Public Safety that a Junior High School teacher had been arrested on charges of sexual contact with a student and misdemeanor assault.
“Sikeston R-6 takes allegations of staff misconduct seriously and will continue to work closely with Sikeston DPS in this matter,” the statement said. “As with all personnel matters, the district is limited as to what information we can share. The district remains committed to protecting our students and ensuring that they have a safe learning environment.”
Heuring is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. May 24 in Scott County Circuit Court.