Guidance Counselor Admits Sexual Contact with Boy

Associated Press State & Local Wire
July 2, 2002

A school guidance counselor and former Catholic priest pleaded guilty Tuesday to having sexual contact with a boy and will go to prison, according to Rensselaer County District Attorney Ken Bruno.

William Heim, 60, of Delmar, Albany County, pleaded guilty to second-degree course of sexual conduct, accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old boy last year and this year at Heim's second residence at Sand Lake, Bruno said. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 13 to two years in prison.

Sand Lake, in Rensselaer County, is 13 miles east of Albany.

The Troy School District guidance counselor, who has been on paid leave from the school district, was arrested March 5 by state police. He previously pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his home computer, receiving a sentence of five years' probation.

Heim was an associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary's Church in Albany from 1968 to 1972. Officials at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany have said that while he was a priest, no complaints of sexual misconduct were filed against him.


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