Former substitute teacher charged for inappropriate conduct with students

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DRIGGS — A former substitute teacher at Teton Middle School has been charged for allegedly touching several students inappropriately last March.

Christopher Heib, 49, was arraigned in Idaho Magistrate’s Court on March 1 with six counts of battery and two felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor. He is denying the charges.

According to an affidavit submitted by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO), Heib substituted for a middle school math class over several days in March, 2016.

When the original teacher returned, she forwarded reports from students, who said that a number of them had been touched inappropriately by the substitute teacher. The school immediately took action, calling the sheriff’s office and terminating Heib as a substitute teacher.

TCSO conducted an investigation, including forensic interviews the next week in Idaho Falls.

TCSO Deputy Bridger Smith reported trying to contact Heib to get his side of events in September and October. The affidavit on the investigation was submitted Dec. 16 and the Teton County Prosecutor’s office filed a complaint with the charges on Dec. 19. That complaint was amended to include the felony charges and filed on Feb. 9, 2017.

In his arraignment on March 1, Heib received four separate no contact orders for the students and their families. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 20.

This article was originally published in the Teton Valley News. It is used here with permission.

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