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Former resident turns himself in

Thursday, February 25, 2010

William E. Heckelsberg
A former Clay County resident appeared with his attorney Wednesday to turn himself in at the Clay County Courthouse for an outstanding arrest warrant on allegations of inappropriate behavior with two children.

According to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, William E. Heckelsberg, 63, St. Englewood, Tenn., was taken into custody on charges of C felony sexual misconduct with a minor and D felony child solicitation.

In order to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation and the identity of the victim and their family, officials are withholding some details.

However, Clay County Sheriff's Department Detective Jeff Maynard confirmed to The Brazil Times the allegations stem from incidents in 2008. During the course of the investigation, Maynard said Heckelsberg maintained his innocence before moving to Tennessee.

An arrest warrant was subsequently issued in January.

Heckelsberg and his defense attorney Jessie Cook appeared before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout for a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Trout set a tentative date for a jury trial on June 14, a cash bond at $10,000 and remanded Heckelsberg into the custody of the Clay County Justice Center for processing.

After paying the cash bond in full, Heckelsberg was later released.

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