Choir Director charged with sex crimes

Choir Director charged with sex crimes

A grand jury indicted Jonathan Spivey, choir director at Charlottesville High School, on seven felony counts of indecent liberties with a minor on Thursday, November 30. The charges came after a months-long investigation by Charlottesville Police prompted by reports from school personnel.


Charlottesville High School’s choir director of 15 years, Jonathan Spivey, appears in court this week on seven felony counts of indecent liberties with a minor.

Three charges involve verbal propositioning and four counts involve sexual contact. There are allegedly multiple victims over whom Spivey had a supervisory role.

Spivey has been the choir director at CHS for 15 years. During that time, he’s grown the choral program to more than 100 students from 30 and the choir has won numerous first place choral awards, according to the CHS choral department website.

Spivey is a married father of three sons. He is also music director at Mount Zion First African Baptist Church, and became an ordained pastor there in 1995. Alvin Edwards, City School Board chair, is the church’s pastor.

Spivey has not yet been arrested and remains a free man until a hearing on Tuesday, December 5. He has had an attorney since the investigation began September 21. If found guilty on all counts, Spivey could face up to 35 years in prison.

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