Charlottesville Teacher Indicted on Child Sexual Abuse Charges

By: Lisa Ferrari Email
By: Lisa Ferrari Email

December 1, 2006

A Grand Jury has indicted a Charlottesville High school teacher on several charges of child sexual abuse.

This is the result of a three month investigation first reported by in September. Sources say an underage male student came forward with allegations his music teacher, Jonathan Spivey, improperly touched him. During the investigation a search warrant was served on Charlottesville High School. Police said school officials have cooperated with the investigation.

On Thursday, a grand jury returned seven felony counts of custodial indecent liberties or custodial sexual abuse. Three charges involve verbal sexual propositions made to a minor and four charges are for sexual abuse concerning sexual contact with a minor. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

"We're very troubled by the facts that were revealed in this investigation..." said Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo.

Police would not confirm how many alleged victims or if the minors are students at Charlottesville High School. The indictments in this case are under seal.

"When these kinds of things happen in our school system especially with people you have given so much trust -- it's disturbing. But the good news is it is what it is today," said Longo.

Charlottesville school superintendent Rosa Atkins made a brief statement Friday night assuring parents. She said, "Our students are our primary concern and their safety is of utmost importance to us."

Spivey has been on paid administrative leave since September.

Police say the teacher has made arrangements to turn himself in. His first court hearing on the charges is scheduled for December 5, 2006.

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