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Former Teacher/Coach Gets 15 Days In Jail For Sex With Student

Posted On August 25, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

James D. Spivey Franklin County Sheriff's Dept./file photo

James D. Spivey
Franklin County Sheriff’s Dept./file photo

(Brookville, Ind.) – A Franklin County man who was a teacher and coach at Connersville High School has admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

James D. Spivey had a relationship with the 17-year-old student and girls basketball player at Connersville High in January and February of 2013.

At the time of Spivey’s arrest, Indiana State Police alleged he and the student began a relationship shortly after the start of the basketball season which later became a sexual relationship with the encounters occurring at Spivey’s residence in Brookville. The two would also kiss and hug in the school parking lot after basketball games.

Spivey, 30, was sentenced on August 12 in Franklin Circuit Court II after pleading down from Child Seduction (Class D felony) to a misdemeanor charge of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, The Brookville American-Democrat reports.

Judge Clay Kellerman sentenced Spivey to a year with 335 days suspended to probation. With good time credit, he could serve as little as 15 days in jail. He will begin serving his stint in jail Monday.

Under the plea agreement negotiated by defense attorney Andrew Baudendistel with Franklin County chief deputy prosecutor Christopher Huerkamp, Spivey’s Indiana teaching license will be revoked.

“You will no longer be able to work in the (teaching) profession, and that is a good thing,” said Judge Kellerman, according to the newspaper.

The now 19-year-old girl and her parents testified at Spivey’s sentencing, asking for leniency from the judge. Spivey and the teen told the court they are still in a relationship.

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