Heaton grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He attended Bishop McGuiness Memorial Catholic High School where he was elected student council president Heaton was also active in sports while at Bishop McGuinness, participating on the junior varsity basketball team and the varsity cross country team
Heaton spent his junior year of high school in Washington, District of Columbia where he participated in the congressional page program
He won the student council presidency election even though he was in Washington, District of Columbia.
After high school, Heaton attended the College of William and Mary. After graduating, he worked as a floor assistant to then-Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois).
As late as February 2007, Heaton was listed on the College"s website as one of 12 "Distinguished Alumni".
Bob Ney (R-Ohio), and a supporting figure in the Heaton worked as Ney"s executive assistant on the House Administration Committee, and he succeeded Neil Volz as Ney"s chief of staff in 2002. At the age of 23, he was the youngest chief of staff on Capitol Hill. He left in July 2006 and was named as "Staffer C" in Ney"s plea deal of September 15, 2006.
He is currently employed as Director of Board Relations and Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at the Council on Foundations.
Was formerly Director of Communications at Washington Theological Union in Washington, District of Columbia. Heaton pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud admitting to conspiring with Ney, Jack Abramoff and others to accept vacations, meals, tickets, and contributions to Ney"s campaign in exchange for Ney benefitting Abramoff"s clients, none of whom lived in Ohio. Trips with Ney The picture at left is from the much publicized trip to Saint Andrews, the famed Scottish golf course.
This trip was paid for by Abramoff at a cost of $160,000. Heaton admitted "falsifying his and Ney"s financial disclosure forms in 2002 and 2003 to keep gifts secret.
Foreign example, Ney"s forms said the Scotland trip was paid for by the National Center for Public Policy Research so he could meet with Scottish parliamentarians, though the Scottish Parliament was not in session.." On August 29, 2003, Heaton joined Ney and another Ney staffer for a one-night stopover in London where they were furnished with thousands of dollars worth of gambling chips for use at private casinos, "from a foreign businessman who has been identified by Ney"s attorney as Fouad al-Zayat, a high-rolling London gambler who sought Ney"s help in circumventing a law barring the sale of United States.-made airplanes and airplane parts to other countries." Ney lied to customs to smuggle in thousands of dollars received during the trip.