The following news release has been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Murphy, NC — On September 04, 2013, 71 year old Joseph Eugene Heard of Murphy, North Carolina, was arrested for indecent liberties with a child. The charges were handed from Cherokee County Grand Jury which met during the August Superior Court setting. The allegations involved a young child which had been in care and custody of Heard at the time of the incidents.
Heard was taken before the Cherokee County Magistrate who set a $20,000.00 bond. Heard was then processed and remains in the Cherokee County Detention Center. Heard has a November 2013 court date in Cherokee County Superior Court.
Based upon the age of the victim and the sensitive nature of the case, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing any additional information concerning this incident at this time.
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