May 21, 2014
Culpeper's mayor is facing a sexual battery charge in connection with an alleged incident that happened six months ago, but the mayor says he's innocent.
Mayor Calvin "Chip" Coleman is facing a misdemeanor sexual battery charge. The alleged victim is a 36-year-old Culpeper woman only identified as J.P., and the offense date is Dec. 20, 2013.
The investigation began in February, and the 64-year-old mayor was arrested but later released as he awaits a June 4 court date.
Coleman previously served as the director of Culpeper Human Services. He was elected to town council in 2003 and has served as mayor for the past four years.
Coleman is no stranger to controversy. He's currently facing a defamation lawsuit by a former town manager who claims the mayor spread rumors that she had been sleeping with councilmen.
The mayor's attorney, Rex Edwards, has released the following statement to the Newsplex:
"Mr. Coleman has denied, and will enter a plea of not guilty to, the allegations of criminal behavior that have been made against him. He is anxious to confront such claims in an open and public forum before an impartial and unbiased court."
Earlier this month, Coleman lost his bid for re-election. The mayor-elect will take over July 1.