Former Madison County SRO Arrested in TN on rape, sodomy, incest charges

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - The Madison County Sheriff's Office says a former school deputy was arrested in Knoxville, Tennessee on a fugitive from justice charge. The arrest of Jerome Heard, 42, was for warrants obtained by the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

The arrest warrants are for 2 counts of Rape 1st with a bond of $60,000 each, 2 counts of Rape 2nd with a bond of $30,000 each, 2 counts of Sodomy 1st with a bond of $60,000 each, and 1 count of Incest with a bond of $15,000.  These are new warrants issued after a recent complaint.

Heard was indicted in January on charges for inappropriate contact with a student. Those charges, according to authorities, stemmed from sexual encounters took place during the 2012-2013 school year while Heard was an SRO at Sparkman High School.

Heard was previously a resident of Madison County and employed by the Madison County Sheriff's Office until he resigned in early January. He was also an officer with Huntsville Police from 2003-2007.

The sheriff's office is in process of extraditing him from Tennessee.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance if any additional information may be in the community about former Deputy Heard or if there is anyone that would like to come forward and speak with an investigator. Please call the Criminal Investigation Division number is 256-533-8820.