A former Connersville teacher and coach has been formally charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old student on the girls basketball team.
James Spivey, 29, was arrested Tuesday and has been charged with felony child seduction.
Indiana State Police Investigators began looking into the matter on Feb. 6 when they were notified by the Fayette County School Corporation alleging that Spivey, a teacher and basketball coach at Connersville High School, was involved in a sexual relationship with a female student and basketball player.
The investigation revealed that Spivey and the student began a relationship in January, shortly after the start of the basketball season. The relationship later became sexual with the encounters occurring at Spivey’s Brookville home.
According to court documents, the teen’s mother contacted the school which prompted the investigation.
“When we were made aware of some allegations, we took those very seriously, we investigated those very quickly and we had a conversation with Mr. Spivey and at that point in time he chose to resign his position,” said Dr. Russell Hodges, Superintendent of the Fayette County School Corp.
State Police were notified and their investigation led to the formal charge and arrest of Spivey.
Dr. Hodges said they will reflect and review practices and see if there are things they can improve to avoid situations like this in the future.
“it is a very unfortunate situation. We do take the safety and well being of all our students very seriously and whenever that’s compromised, it’s a difficult situation,” said Dr. Hodges.
Spivey is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $5,000 bond. He was a graduate of Connersville High School and was a first year math teacher at the school.
Spivey could make his initial court appearance next Tuesday.