Pitt County teacher charged with rape of middle school student

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Heidi Monroy was a Spanish teacher at Wellcome Middle School in Pitt County. Following her arrest, her work VISA was revoked so she was automatically fired from the school system.

Monroy has been with the school district since August 2022, according to the Pitt County schools.

37-year-old Monroy was charged with statutory rape of a child under 15, sexual activity with a student, and indecent liberties with a student. court documents obtained by WITN say the victim was a 14-year-old student at the Wellcome Middle School and the crimes happened on April 5th.

Neighbors where she lives say the news is surprising.

“Shocking to find out about something like that, especially by somebody so close by,” Seth Turner, the neighbor said.

With a lot of children and shared spaces like playgrounds in the neighborhood, Turner says it raises concerns.

“You kind of worry for the people around here that do have kids and small children because something like that can definitely make you rethink where you are and the people around you,” Turner added.

Bonnie Kuras with the TEDI BEAR Children’s Advocacy Center says child sexual abuse cases, as such, can have lasting effects.

“It becomes an issue later on because the children are concerned about who do I trust. This is an adult problem that we actually have the ability to change from happening if we as the adults can talk about these things in the community openly,” Bonnie Kuras, the child advocator explained.

Pitt County Deputies say the school resource officer started an investigation last Friday, leading up to her arrest Tuesday.

According to the Pitt County Clerk of Courts, her secured bond is now set at $400,000 after her first court appearance Wednesday morning. Monroy’s next court date is set for the June 26th.