Lethbridge alderwoman faces new charges
Last Updated Wed, 11 Jun 2003 10:08:21
LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. - The legal travails of a Lethbridge, Alta., alderwoman have just gotten worse.
Dar Heatherington, 39, was charged Tuesday with public mischief by police in the southern Alberta city.
The charge follows an eight-month police investigation into her claim that she was being stalked.
Dar Heatherington (CP Photo)
Lethbridge police Staff Sgt. Jeff Cove said making what they've determined to be a false report wasted the time and effort of his investigative team.
"We take this type of crime very seriously and we certainly want to be able to respond to the citizens of Lethbridge," Cove said.
"However, when that time is certainly diverted (into) doing an investigation when a crime hadn't been committed, we look at it very seriously."
Last month, Heatherington disappeared from Great Falls, Mont., and turned up three days later in Las Vegas. She claimed to have been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.
Police in Great Falls charged her with giving false information. Prosecutors made a deal whereby she could escape a criminal conviction if she sought psychiatric counselling.
- FROM MAY 20, 2003: Heatherington gets deal from U.S. prosecutor
Heatherington, a married mother of three, has asked the Lethbridge city council for a leave of absence.
She will appear in court July 10 on the mischief charge.
Written by CBC News Online staff