A former Garden City police officer who was arrested last month made his first appearance in Finney County District Court Tuesday, where he was formally charged with six counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
According to a complaint filed Monday by the Kansas Attorney General's Office, Doug Heit, 49, 228 Nelson St., is accused on six different occasions of lewdly fondling or touching a child who was younger than 14. According to the complaint, the child was born in 2009.
Heit, who left the Garden City Police Department in August after 17 months as an evidence technician and 14 years as an officer, was arrested Sept. 23 on two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child under 14. Since then, he has been held at the Finney County jail on a $100,000 bond and the Attorney General's Office decided to charge him with four additional counts of aggravated indecent liberties.
The GCPD passed the case on to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to avoid a conflict of interest, Garden City police Sgt. Lana Urteaga said previously.
Melissa Underwood, KBI communications director, said the case is still open and that a prosecutor from the Kansas Attorney General's Office will be making all prosecutorial decisions.
According to a complaint signed by Assistant Attorney General Melissa Johnson, four of the six incidents took place between Aug. 1 and 25, one happened on or about Sept. 21 and on or between Sept. 22 and 23.
All of the incidents took place in Finney County, according to the complaint.
District Court Judge Wendel Wurst presided over Tuesday's court proceedings. Defense attorney Steve Cott is representing Heit, and the case has been assigned to District Court Judge Michael Quint.
Heit's second appearance has been scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5.
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