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SoVaNow.com / April 10, 2017A Mecklenburg County teacher has been jailed without bond after being charged Thursday on multiple counts of sexual abuse involving a teenager with whom she maintained a “custodial or supervisory relationship,” according to Halifax County grand jury documents.
Heidi Bradshaw Sheets, who lives in the Baskerville community west of South Hill, was arrested Friday and taken to the Halifax Adult Detention Center where she was held over the weekend.
Sheets most recently has been employed as a teacher at the Rivermont School in Chase City, a therapeutic school for special needs students and others ages 5-22 who have difficulty adjusting to standard classroom settings. She also has been the principal of Rivermont, which is operated by Centra Health. Students are generally referred there by public school divisions in Southside and central Virginia.
Prior to working at Rivermont, Sheets was a teacher for Mecklenburg County Public Schools. She began her career in education in Mecklenburg in 1999.
Sheets’ current employment status is unknown.
On Thursday, a Halifax County grand jury returned five direct indictments against Sheets for various sex-related offenses. She was charged with two counts of child sexual abuse, one count of consensual sexual intercourse with a child 15 or older, one count of using electronic communications “for the purposes of soliciting with lascivious intent” a child between ages 15-18, and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The latter count is a Class 1 misdemeanor; the rest are felonies.
The alleged crimes took place in Halifax County, according to law enforcement sources. The indictments state the offenses took place between Feb. 1-28 of this year.
The evidence against Sheets was presented to the grand jury for direct indictment by South Boston Police Detective Chris Carswell. Indictments are not findings of guilt, but rather a determination by the grand jury that sufficient evidence exists to bring a case to trial.
Sheets was arrested the day after the grand jury indictments were issued. No hearings have yet been set in her case.
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