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Community High band director arrested

Friday, August 3, 2012

Stephen Givens' Bedford County Jail mug shot after his arrest Friday morning.
The band and choir director of Community High School in Unionville was charged with one count of solicitation of a minor this morning.

Stephen B. Givens, 34, of Smyrna allegedly sent multiple texts and asked for photos from a student, investigators said.

"We received information that he was texting a 16-year-old student at the school," Detective Charles Kimbril of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said. "We started an investigation and developed probable cause to believe it had occurred."

The student is in one of Givens' classes, investigators said.

Givens, as pictured on Facebook.
"After being contacted by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, we have suspended this teacher without pay, pending an investigation." Dr. Ray Butrum, school superintendent, said.

"There were some photos sent, and he had requested photos from her. Texts were sent from her phone," Kimbril said. "I obtained a search warrant for her cell phone and also a warrant was served on him at the school."

The investigation is continuing, Kimbril said.

Givens was taken to Bedford County Jail. Bond was set at $5,000. Court date is set for Aug. 29.

He has been at Community since September 2003, according to his Facebook profile. A 1996 graduate of La Vergne High School, he holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Middle Tennessee State University and a master's degree in music conducting from Columbus State University.