A female teacher at Winside High School in northeast Nebraska has been arrested on allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a male student, the second such case at the school in a year.
Wayne County Sheriff Jason Dwinell says Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Cali Heikes was arrested Sunday and lodged in the Antelope County jail, but posted bond and was released. She is no longer on the Winside webpage staff list.
Sheriff Dwinell says an investigation was begun after his office received a call from the HHS hotline about the 25-year-old Heikes, a graduate of Winside and Wayne State College, being involved in a potentially sexual relationship with the student.
A deputy then reviewed a recent traffic stop in which the teenager was pulled over as he left the Winside Cemetery, then told the deputy he had been “hanging out with his friend Cali.’”
The deputy had made a note of a black SUV leaving the area at the same time. A license plate check showed it was registered Heikes.
The deputy then spoke with the teen’s legal guardians, who said the boy had recently asked how they would feel if he was dating a 25-year-old.
The deputy also interviewed the teen’s sister, who said Heikes would sneak into their house at night and have sex with her brother and that she believed they were meeting at different places in Winside 2 or 3 times a week.
Heikes’ arrest comes as 28-year old former teacher Rachel McPhillips is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing next month on charges of child abuse and 3rd-degree sexual assault.
McPhillips is accused of an inappropriate relationship with a teenage student over the last 2 years.