Monday, July 9, 2007
No-contest plea in teacher sex case
A former Special School District teacher pleaded no contest this morning to 21 counts of performing oral sex on four of her students at Ferguson Middle School between Oct. 1, 2005 and Jan. 12, 2006.
Cathy Heminghaus, 47, of Ferguson. faces a minimum of probation to a maximum of a life sentence, plus 150 years, when she is sentenced in St. Louis County Circuit Court on Sept. 14.
Besides the 21 counts of statutory sodomy, Heminghaus also pleaded no contest to two counts of a teacher having sex with a student and two counts of plying minors with alcohol. Quarenghi said the victims told police that some of oral sex acts took place in a classroom at the middle school while one boy would serve as lookout for another.