Delray Beach elementary teacher arrested on incest, sexual assault charges

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP/WSVN) — U.S. Marshal’s agents have arrested a South Florida elementary school teacher on Canadian charges that include incest, sexual exploitation of minors and sexual assault.

Assistant Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Manny Puri said in a news release that 55-year-old Owen Headley refused to leave his Delray Beach home when they arrived to arrest him on Wednesday morning. Agents said Headley hid in a back bedroom so they had to enter the house to make the arrest.

Puri said Palm Beach County school officials removed from his fifth-grade classroom at Hammock Pointe Elementary School in Boca Raton after learning of the allegations last year. Officials say he has worked at the school since 2009.

Federal officials said he was reassigned to maintenance duties away from children.

Headley appeared in federal court for an extradition hearing shortly after his arrest.

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