A not-guilty plea was entered for former Hopkinsville High School Band Director Jordan Seth Peveler Wednesday by his attorney Sands Chewning. Peveler was indicted June 21 with four counts of third-degree rape, three counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of unlawful transaction with a minor.
Circuit Court Judge John Atkins said during the arraignment that he and Judge Andrew Self were recusing themselves from the case.
Peveler’s wife, Hannah Peveler, was arraigned on the same day and was also indicted June 21 with three counts of tampering with a witness.
Previously, Hannah Peveler worked as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney under Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Boling. According to New Era archives, Boling said June 21 that while Hannah Peveler was under investigation, the two agreed that “her employment at my office was probably not going to continue.”
Stephanie Mize is representing Hannah Peveler and entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf.
Both Hannah and Jordan Peveler are tentatively set for pre-trial conferences at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 4.
“Subject to the special judge who gets appointed to the case being able to work that into his or her schedule,” Atkins said of the pre-trial date.
On June 5, Jordan Seth Peveler was arrested by Hopkinsville Police Department on one count of unlawful transaction with a minor (second degree), sodomy (third degree) and rape (third degree). All three are felony charges.
When the indictment came through June 21, more charges were added.
According to New Era archives, The HPD warrant stated that Jordan Peveler “knowingly provided” marijuana to a 16-year-old female 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”.
The warrant and indictment both state that Jordan Peveler was in a position of authority over the student during the time of the alleged misconduct.
Kentucky State Police alerted HHS Principal John Gunn on May 8 about the allegations, in a letter dated May 2. Christian County Public Schools immediately placed Jordan Peveler on administrative leave as the investigation continued.
Jordan Peveler officially resigned from his position at HHS on May 31.