Trial for accused child sex abuser scheduled to start in January
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Jan. 30 for a Fouke, Ark., man facing 11 criminal charges related to alleged sexual abuse of four girls.
Scott Dewayne Heimeyer, 34, is facing 25 to 40 years or life in prison for each of three counts of rape. For each of six counts of fourth degree sexual assault, Heimeyer could be fined up to $15,000 and sentenced to five to ten years in prison. Each of two counts of sexual indecency with a child is punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
At a hearing Tuesday at the Miller County jail complex, Circuit Judge Carlton Jones scheduled the case for jury selection January 30. Heimeyer is currently being held in the Miller County jail. Bail amounts total $175,000.
According to a search warrant affidavit, Heimeyer victimized several children to whom he is related and the daughter of a family friend. Heimeyer is accused of sexually abusing children from 2011 until June 2015. Heimeyer was arrested in July 2015 and has been in jail since. The children revealed details of the abuse to forensic interviewers at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Texarkana. The ages of two children are not identified but two of the alleged victims are currently 10 and 7 years of age.
Investigators seized Heimeyer’s cell phone and laptop computer because at least one child claimed Heimeyer photographed her genitals with a cell phone camera.
The trial is expected to last a week.