Ervin Lee Heard

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Ervin Lee Heard (born c. 1971) is a the pastor of Rising Star Baptist Church in Centreville and a former deputy in the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

Heard graduated from Bibb County High School in 1989. He joined the sheriff's office as a deputy and was promoted to patrol sergeant and supervisor within the department. He was suspended from duty in September 2013 and then terminated in October by Sheriff Keith Hannah following allegations of exploiting women he had pulled over for sex. The Attorney General of Alabama investigated and prosecuted the case. Heard was convicted on multiple counts of sexual misconduct, sexual abuse, human trafficking, witness intimidation, unlawful imprisonment and harassing communications in December 2015. He served six months in prison. In 2018 he was ordered to pay one of his victims $3 million in a civil case.

References

  • Taylor, Stephanie (December 13, 2013) "Bibb County Assistant District Attorney says former Sheriff’s deputy accused of sexual assault ‘picked women who he thought wouldn’t say anything’." The Tuscaloosa News
  • Stein, Kelsey (December 18, 2015) "Former Bibb County deputy sheriff found guilty of sexually exploiting women during traffic stops." The Birmingham News
  • Hrynkiw, Ivana (February 16, 2018) "Woman wins $3 million against former deputy named in 'S-Town' podcast." The Birmingham News