Former APS teacher arrested for sex assault

ALPENA — A former Alpena Public Schools teacher was arrested Wednesday and faces multiple counts of sexual assault.

Court records indicate Heather Winfield, 38, faces charges of one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against a person younger than 13; two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct by an individual 17 years of age or older against an individual less than 13 years of age; one count of third-degree criminal sexual assault against a person ages 13 to 15; one count of criminal sexual assault during a felony; one count of accosting, enticing or soliciting a child for immoral purpose; and one count using a computer to commit a crime.

The offense date was listed in court records as January 2016.

It isn’t clear from the available records whether those charges relate to one victim or multiple victims or whether the alleged victim or victims are or were students of Winfield’s.

According to her LinkedIn page, Winfield taught at All Saints Catholic Schools and Thunder Bay Junior High School, both in Alpena. She was a special education teacher at Thunder Bay, according to the LinkedIn page.

The superintendent of Hillman Community Schools said Winfield also served as a substitute teacher in that district.

Winfield absolutely denies the charges, according to her attorney, Dan White, who expects her to be released Monday on a $250,000 bond.

Winfield is currently employed by an agency that provides services to children with autism.

The Michigan State Police would not comment on Friday but said a news release will be issued Monday.

APS Superintendent John VanWagoner said Friday he does “not have a current employee by that name.”

He said the district had reached out to law enforcement and may issue a news release on Monday.

Julie Goldberg can be reached at 989-358-5688 or jgoldberg@thealpenanews.com. Follow her on Twitter @jkgoldberg12.

Julie Riddle can be reached at 989-358-5693 or jriddle@thealpenanews.com.