Jordan Seth Peveler, former band director at Hopkinsville High School, was arrested Wednesday on three felony charges from Christian County. Peveler was charged with one count of unlawful transaction with a minor (second degree), sodomy (third degree) and rape (third degree).
The New Era originally reported the arrest of 30-year-old Peveler from Christian County Jail records. Later, Hopkinsville Police Department released the official police report and warrant.
According to the police report, Peveler was arrested on the strength of a warrant signed by Judge Foster Cottoff on Wednesday.
The warrant states that during June 2017 Peveler “knowingly provided” marijuana to a 16-year-old female HHS student at his home. After the student was “under the influence of marijuana,” Peveler asked her to “perform oral sex on him, which she did.”
According to the warrant, Peveler was in a “position of authority or special trust” to the victim at the time of the incident. Peveler was — at the time — the student’s teacher and band director at HHS and “had come into contact with her as a result of that position.”
In August 2017 — after the student turned 17 years old — Peveler allegedly had sexual intercourse with the student at his home in Hopkinsville. The warrant states that Peveler was “at the time still in a position of authority or special trust” to the student. He was still her band director.
The warrant ended by stating that the commonwealth would extradite Peveler if necessary.
According to New Era archives, in February, Peveler recieved a citation of excellence at the Kentucky Music Educator’s Association conference.
His plaque read: “Through professional leadership you have inspired and motivated excellence in musical performance. Your record of service to our profession is one of which you may be justifiably proud, and it will serve as a model to others.”
He served as the band director at HHS for five years. He told the New Era in February that he “was basically raised in the Muhlenberg-North Hopkins band room.”
CCPS could only speak on the employment status of Peveler when asked for comment.
“Mr. Peveler is no longer employed by Christian County Public Schools,” said John Rittenhouse, director of public relations at Christian County Public Schools.
According to the HHS website, Peveler directed the marching band, concert band and pep band at HHS as well as the sixth-grade bands at Martin Luther King Jr. and South Christian elementary schools.
Peveler is currently being held at Christian County Jail. No court dates have been set.
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