Diane Heffner a 39 year old popular former PTA president, is accused of sexually abusing a 12 year old boy.  The accusations are partly based on tapes of

sexually inappropriate phone conversations between the two.  She allegedly touched the child's buttocks and allowed him to touch hers.  She was arrested on July 19 and, according to the Times Union, the four misdemeanor charges, each carrying a maximum sentence of up to a year in jail, have touched off a storm of outrage in the small community where she is well-liked and respected.  She is charged with two counts of second degree sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Heffner was a teacher's aide for the Averill Park School District and worked during the last school year at Poestenkill Elementary, where police said she became acquainted with the boy.

(Poestenkill, New York)