Anderson case moved to Rio Grande Court after recusal

DEL NORTE — There are two cases against Heidi Anderson, a former teacher in the Creede School District, one is an ongoing criminal case. The second is a civil matter that ended up in Rio Grande County Court Aug. 22.
The case was transferred from Mineral County Court because Judge Ruth M. Acheson recused herself after a hearing earlier this summer.
What was before Rio Grande County Judge Barbara A. Zollars, was whether to continue a restraining order against Anderson. The mother of the alleged victim told the judge that she wanted the restraining order, even though the teenager has moved out of the area.
The mother alleged that Anderson violated the restraining order when Anderson contacted the teenager through text messages.
The deputy district attorney in the case confirmed to the county judge that there was another criminal case still under investigation and the violation of the restraining order stems from that case.
In the end, the mother agreed to drop the civil case and go ahead with the criminal case. The case on the criminal restraining order was continued to Sept. 5. In the meantime, Zollars will review the testimony given at the hearing before Acheson recused herself. This review by Zollars may keep the teenager from having to testify again unless Anderson’s attorney issues a subpoena for the teenager.
Zollars said the temporary restraining order against Anderson remains in place, preventing her from contacting the teenager.
There will be a bond modification hearing in the criminal matter Aug. 29.


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