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Delay granted in Givens case

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A two-week continuance has been granted for a Community High School teacher accused of soliciting one of his students.

Nashville defense attorney Vincent Wyatt asked for the continuance on behalf of Stephen B. Givens, 34, of Smyrna, who made his first appearance in Bedford County General Sessions Court Wednesday.

Accusations

Givens, the school's band and choir director, is accused of sending multiple texts and requests for photos to a female student. He has been charged with a single count of solicitation of a minor and is free on $5,000 bond.

He has been suspended from his teaching job without pay, according to school superintendent Dr. Ray Butrum.

Texts claimed

Bedford County Sheriff's Department Detective Charles Kimbril stated earlier this month that they received information that Givens was texting a 16-year-old student at the school and "developed probable cause to believe it had occurred."

Kimbril said some photos were allegedly sent, and that Givens had requested photos from the female student. The detective obtained a search warrant for the student's cell phone as well as a warrant that was served on Givens at Community High School.