Missouri child welfare agency head charged with endangerment

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (AP) — The head of a suburban St. Louis child welfare agency and alternative school has been charged with child endangerment and assault.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Vincent Damian Hillyer, of Eureka, was arrested Tuesday after police executed a search warrant at Great Circle Academy, an alternative school that offers boarding in Webster Groves. The organization has five other schools across Missouri and serves other children through its counseling centers.

Hillyer is charged with six felony counts of first-degree child endangerment and misdemeanor counts of attempted child endangerment and fourth-degree assault. His bail is set at $205,000. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Communications director Bev Pfeifer-Harms said in a written statement that the facility learned about the investigation Tuesday but declined to provide more details.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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