Former Madison County deputy indicted on rape, incest charges

Jerome Heard was already facing accusations he had sex with a student during his time as a school resource officer.

Posted: May 23, 2018 4:03 PM

A former Madison County Sheriff's Office school resource officer who was already in jail is now facing new charges of rape, incest and sodomy.

Court records show a grand jury indicted Jerome Heard, 43, on one count of incest, two counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of second-degree rape.

Heard was indicted in January 2016 on charges of engaging in sex acts with a minor. Authorities said he had sex with a teenage girl for six months to a year while he was a school resource officer at Sparkman High School in 2012. 

Authorities later issued warrants for rape, incest and sodomy and had Heard's bond revoked. Prosecutors said some of the crimes he was accused of took place after his arrest for the Sparkman High case. Heard was arrested in Knoxville, Tenn., and brought back to Madison County.

Court records show Heard is set to be arraigned on the charges in October.

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