NANTY GLO —
A Nanty Glo area teen faces juvenile charges for indecent contact with two 13-year-old Blacklick Valley students earlier this month.
And an 18-year-old high school senior is charged with trying to intimidate the teen boys about the incident.
Nanty Glo police said Drew C. Heming, a linebacker on the high school football team, called the youth “snitches” during a confrontation in the high school cafeteria and threatened to “slam” them before a student and teacher stepped in.
“Our department was investigating allegations of sexual harassment involving a 17-year old and two 13-year old males when we learned that Mr. Heming, who was apparently friends with the 17-year-old, was threatening the two victims,” Nanty Glo Officer-in-Charge Michael Oyaski said.
Both Heming and the
17-year-old male, the original focus of the investigation, were removed from the school Wednesday, Oyaski said.
The 17-year-old, identified only by initials, faces attempted indecent assault charges at the juvenile level because he is a minor, Oyaski added.
Juvenile probation has been alerted, he said.
Heming was taken into custody after allegedly becoming “belligerent” in the principal’s office, Nanty Glo police wrote in a criminal complaint.
Oyaski credited a second
17-year-old teen who was sitting with the 13-year-olds for sticking up for the boys.
“The teen stood up and confronted Heming,” Oyaski said.
“When that happened the school staff took notice.”
Blacklick Valley schools Superintendent John Mastillo also credited the unidentified teen for stepping forward.
“It’s a good example to all students. Because that student stepped forward, we were alerted and were able to immediately take action, instead of finding out days later, which can often happen with incidents between students,” Mastillo said.
He described the incident as “very unfortunate.”
“Our primary focus is the safety and security of these students,” Mastillo said.
He said the school continues investigating the incidents and the results, as with any case, will determine how students will be punished according to the school code of conduct.
Oyaski credited Blacklick Valley school leaders for quickly alerting authorities.
“I can’t say enough about their cooperation,” he said.
Heming faces a felony count of witness or victim intimidation, simple assault and drug paraphernalia possession, stemming from a glass pipe police said was found in his backpack.
He was initially lodged in Cambria prison on $15,000 percentage bond but has since posted bail, prison staff said.
Heming, who did not return a call for comment, is scheduled for a Nov. 18 preliminary hearing before District Judge Mary Ann Zanghi in Vinco.
David Hurst is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tddavidhurst.