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Ex-band instructor faces jail

Friday, November 9, 2012

(Photo)
Stephen Givens, left, speaks with his attorney, Vincent Wyatt, about his plea deal in which he agreed to serve nine months in jail and forfeit his teaching license after pleading guilty to soliciting one of his students over a cell phone.
(T-G photo by Brian Mosely)
Forfeiting his teaching licence, the former band director of Community High School will serve nine months in jail after pleading guilty Thursday to soliciting one of his students.

Stephen B. Givens, 34, of Smyrna pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation of a minor, agreeing to serve nine months of a 11-month, 29-day sentence. The crime is a class A misdemeanor.

Givens appeared before General Sessions Judge Charles Rich to make the plea. Had he not made the deal, Rich would have held a hearing to determine if there was enough evidence to send the case to the Bedford County grand jury.

As part of his plea, Givens will also be placed on the sexual offender registry, has been ordered to have no contact with the student he solicited, also forfeiting his cell phone, which is already in the custody of the sheriff's department. He also must pay fines and court costs.

Resigns

Givens, who was the band and choir director for Community High School, will report to Bedford County Jail on Nov. 26 to begin serving his sentence. Since being charged, he had been suspended from his job without pay.

Interim school superintendant Mike Bone told the T-G that Givens had already submitted his resignation five days ago, and "is no longer an employee of the school system."

He was arrested in early August after being accused of sending multiple texts and requests for photos to a student he taught at the school.

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

Kimbril said some photos were allegedly sent, and that Givens had requested photos from her.

The detective obtained a search warrant for the student's cell phone as well as a warrant that was served on Givens at the high school.

Givens was represented by Nashville defense attorney Vincent Wyatt.