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Merritt waives appearance in pre-trial for sexual misconduct

By Scott Harvey

Paris – A former teacher at Chisum ISD in Paris has waived appearance at her first scheduled court hearing on charges of sexual misconduct with male students.

Heather Dawn Merritt will likely face two more pre-trial hearings before a possible trial appearance later this year.

The charges came following a June investigation by the Lamar County Sheriff's Department, during which time Merritt turned herself in.

She was then fired from her position at Chisum ISD.

Merritt is currently free on $75,000 bond.