An Owensville man jailed since Nov. 20 on a 2-count felony warrant alleging child molestation was released Tuesday afternoon after posting a $100,000 surety bond.
Daniel J. Heiman, 29, was charged with two counts first-degree child molestation in a felony warrant issued Nov. 21 by Associate Circuit Judge John B. Berkemeyer following an investigation by the Gasconade County Sheriff’s Department. Heiman was scheduled to be formally arraigned at 9 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Hermann.
Sheriff’s Det. Matthew Lindemeyer said Heiman, a resident of the 600 block of West Monroe Avenue in Owensville, was initially arrested and jailed on a 24-hour hold pending approval of the application for a warrant. Incidents cited in a probable cause statement filed in the warrant application occurred on “four or five” occasions in his bed at his residence and involved a 7-year-old female who was not his biological child.
Based on a “forensic interview” conducted Nov. 19 at the Child Advocacy Center in Sullivan, Heiman is alleged to have molested the child while the girl’s mother was at work. The warrant cites July 7, 2012, as the date of the offense for both felony counts. An ending date of Nov. 7, 2012, is listed for the period of the investigation on the probable cause statement.
Lindemeyer said the initial report was made to Owensville police who then requested the county’s investigators take it over after a potential “conflict of interest arose.” Lindemeyer would say only that a member of the Owensville department was an acquaintance of Heiman.
According to the probable cause statement Lindemeyer filed, the girl told investigators her step-father, identified as Heiman, “told her to keep it a secret and not tell anyone or he would go to jail.”
Heiman declined to meet with, or make a formal statement without legal representation after being contacted by Lindemeyer by telephone. Lindemeyer arrested Heiman last Tuesday and transported him to Crawford County’s jail.
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