Former South Albany employee pleads guilty to two charges

2012-11-19T16:54:00Z 2012-11-19T16:56:05Z Former South Albany employee pleads guilty to two chargesCathy Ingalls, Albany Democrat-Herald Albany Democrat Herald
November 19, 2012 4:54 pm  • 

Heidi Hyre, 51, a former South Albany High School classified employee, pleaded guilty in Linn County Circuit Court on Monday to two charges of having improper contact with students.

In a negotiated plea agreement, Hyre pleaded guilty in Judge Thomas McHill’s court to delivery of a controlled substance, Vicodin, to a minor, a class A felony; and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, a class A misdemeanor.

The judge set sentencing for 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25.

McHill ordered that until her sentencing, Hyre, who has been free on bail since June 6, is not to attend any Greater Albany Public Schools events or functions.

Previously she had been ordered to have no verbal, written, personal, telephonic or electronic contact with victims or any student at South Albany High. That order is still in effect.

Attorney Kent Hickam represented Hyre.

Hyre turned herself in to Albany police on May 29 following an investigation that began in February. Police charged her with three counts each of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, three counts each of encouraging sexual abuse in the second degree and one count each of luring a minor, sex abuse in the third degree and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

At that time, prosecutor Heidi Sternhagen said her office was exploring an additional charge of delivering a controlled substance to a minor.

Last June, Sternhagen said Hyre was accused of having intercourse with a student and “sexting” with two others. She said Hyre tried to cover up the relationships.

As part of the plea agreement, the remaining charges against Hyre were dismissed.

Following her arrest, Hyre was put on paid leave from her position as a library assistant and state testing coordinator for South Albany High. She is no longer employed by the school district.

Cathy Ingalls is the city government reporter. She can be reached at cathy.ingalls@lee.net or at 541-812-6094.

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