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Yucaipa Spanish Teacher, 44, Accused of Sexual Relationship With Student, 16

Police say that the teacher was arrested on charges of oral copulation with a minor, penetration of a foreign object with a minor, communicating with a minor to commit an offense and unlawful sexual intercourse.

Photo of Mrs. Sheila Heacock via Yucaipa High School's website.
Photo of Mrs. Sheila Heacock via Yucaipa High School's website.
A 44-year-old local Spanish teacher has been arrested, accused of having an "inappropriate relationship" with a teenage student, police announced Friday.

Sheila Roostai Heacock has been a Spanish teacher at Yucaipa High School for the last three years, and has worked for the Yucaipa/Calimesa School District for 18, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's Sgt. Roberto Lomeli.

According to the sergeant, Roostai began sexually abusing the 16-year-old boy in question in January and the last known incident was in March.

Authorities didn't specify how they learned of the suspected assaults, other than saying they "received information of a possible inappropriate relationship."

"On Thursday, April 17, 2014 detectives from the Crimes Against Children Detail, and personnel from the Yucaipa Sheriff’s Station contacted the 16-year-old male, who disclosed sexual abuse by Heacock," Lomeli said.

Heacock was arrested Thursday night on charges of oral copulation with a minor, penetration of a foreign object with a minor, communicating with a minor to commit an offense and unlawful sexual intercourse, according to Lomeli.

The school district released the following statement to Patch:

"The Yucaipa Calimesa Joint Unified School District is fully cooperating with local law enforcement regarding their investigation of this matter.  First and foremost, students' safety and well-being remain our primary concern.  Our heart goes out to the victim and family during this difficult time."

The teacher has been placed on administrative leave, according to the district's Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Melissa Moore.

Heacock was booked into the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino, but was released on bail Friday, according to jail records.  Sgt. Lomeli said her bail had been set at $100,000.

She is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.



Patch Reader April 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM
@Beanzo aka Brian Avino you sick individual! you probably like this pedophile stuff! I would hide all children from someone like you!
Susan lasalle April 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM
If you've been arrested for a crime like this...it means the district attorney has found the proof and evidence of the crime. The UK does the same thing...when your arrested for a 288 its already been investigated. Its way past an accusation.
James Trawick April 27, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Right.... The only problem with your theory Susan is that this is the United States of America and we are SUPPOSED to be innocent until proven guilty. There are plenty of examples where these accusations are baseless and only end up tearing apart families and reputations. I personally feel it should be a felony and minors should be prosecuted as adults for making false accusations. The fact that there is no penalty for minors is a travesty and young men have gotten very aggressive in this age range. I have friends which are attractive female teachers and they are constantly bombarded by horny young men, who are far more aggressive then in the past. Not to say that makes it ok, but the fact is teachers are constantly sexually harassed by students, with no penalty.
James Trawick April 27, 2014 at 02:02 PM
Do some research and you will see plenty of examples of lives ruined by false accusations. NOT to say that this was a false accusation, but if it turns out to be, then the boy should face jail time. http://iwasfalselyaccused.com/

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