In January of 2020, detectives of the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of a victim less than 12 years of age.
The investigation revealed that a convicted sex offender, 45-year-old Steven Hearld, had sexually abused a juvenile under the age of 12 in the later months of 2019. The Ohio County Grand Jury met in June and indicted Hearld.
Hearld was arrested on Wednesday (7/08) on the Warrant of Indictment and charged with Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree, Victim U/12 Years of Age – 3 counts and Persistent Felony Offender I.
Hearld’s was lodged in the Ohio County Detention Center under a $100,000 cash bond.
His arraignment is set for July 21, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.