Peveler

A Christian County Grand Jury indicted former Hopkinsville High School band director and his wife Friday, according to circuit court documents.

Jordan Seth Peveler, 30, Hopkinsville, is charged with four counts of third-degree rape, three counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of unlawful transaction with a minor.

The indictment states that between Aug. 28, 2017 and Sept. 9, 2017, Jordan Peveler committed the act of rape in the third degree. Jordan Peveler allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 18 while filling a role of authority over the minor.

Between June 25, 2017 and May 1, 2018, Jordan Peveler allegedly committed rape in the third degree two times, the indictment stated. In that time frame, he was a person of authority and engaged in sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 18 “with whom he came into contact with as a result of that position” in the Hopkinsville High School instrument closet after school hours.

During that same time frame, Jordan Peveler also allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a minor at his residence in Hopkinsville. The indictment does not state if the counts of rape have the same — or multiple — victims.

Between June 17 and June 24, 2017, Jordan Peveler allegedly committed the act of sodomy in the third degree. The indictment states that he “engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with a minor…”

The indictment states that between June 25, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017, Jordan Peveler twice more allegedly committed the act of sodomy on a minor with whom he came into contact with as a result of his position at HHS. One of those acts allegedly occurred in the HHS instrument room while the other allegedly occurred at his residence. 

Between Jan. 1, 2018 and May 1, 2018, Jordan Peveler again allegedly committed the act of sodomy in the third degree with a minor with whom he was in a position of authority over, at his residence.

The indictment ends by stating that between June 17 and June 24, 2017, Jordan Peveler committed the act of unlawful transaction with a minor in the second degree “by knowingly inducing, assisting or causing a minor to engage in illegal controlled substance activity involving marijuana by providing marijuana to a minor.”

All of the counts occurred in Christian County.  Jordan Peveler is set to be arraigned in Christian Circuit Court on July 3.

The grand jury also indicted his wife, Hannah Peveler, 28, Hopkinsville, with three counts of tampering with a witness.

The indictment alleges that between May 9, 2019, and June 5, 2019, Hannah Peveler “knowing that a person is or may be called as a witness in an official proceeding, attempted to induce that witness to avoid testifying at the official proceeding with intent to influence the outcome thereby.”

Hannah Peveler is a former assistant commonwealth’s attorney for Christian County.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Boling said his office had no part in the investigation, but within the last few weeks, it was brought to his attention that investigators began to look at Hannah Peveler for potential charges of tampering with a witness.

“I met with her, talked with her, and we agreed at that point in time that her employment at my office was probably not going to continue,” he said. “And earlier this week, she tendered her resignation to my office, officially resigning her position as assistant commonwealth’s attorney.”

Boling said that while Hannah Peveler worked for him, she did a great job. He stated that he does not know the facts or the evidence in the case.

“I just know that she found herself as a betrayed wife, a mother of a child whose dad looks like he’s going to prison for a long time and, unfortunately, an assistant commonwealth’s attorney,” he said. “And in those roles, the assistant commonwealth’s attorney role, I think, took a back seat to the others and the conduct that she engaged in may have gone a different direction.”

Reach Jon Russelburg at 270-887-3241 or jrusselburg@kentuckynewera.com

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