Connersville High School coach accused of having sexual relationship with player

A Connersville High School teacher, who also coached the girls’ basketball team, was arrested Tuesday after police said he was sexually involved with a female student on his squad.

James Spivey, 29, was charged with child seduction, a Class D felony.

The investigation into Spivey began on Feb. 6, when Indiana State Police received information stating Spivey was allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old senior and basketball player at the high school.

Police said the investigation revealed Spivey and the student began a relationship after the start of the basketball season.  They said the relationship later became sexual and had encounters at Spivey’s home.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the student’s mother became suspicious of her daughter, when she noticed phone recording showing hundreds of calls to one number and when the girl would state she was staying overnight at a location she was not at.

In an interview with police, the 17-year-old girl told authorities the relationship with her coach became physical in January of 2013.  She said she would hug and kiss Spivey after basketball games in the parking lot, according to court documents.

Spivey resigned from his position as a math teacher and girl’s varsity basketball coach shortly after the investigation began.



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