Republican Mayor Arrested for Sexually Abusing Woman
Calvin Coleman, the mayor of Culpepper, Virginia, was arrested on Tuesday for reportedly sexually abusing a woman.
According to reports, Mayor Calvin “Chip” Coleman has been charged with sexual battery after a 36-year-old woman accused him of sexually abusing her in an incident that took place in December.
The 64-year-old Republican already lost his re-election bid earlier this month but denies that he violated any laws.
His attorney Rex Edwards has released a statement saying “Mr. Coleman has denied, and will enter a plea of not guilty to, the allegations of criminal behavior that have been made against him. He is anxious to confront such claims in an open and public forum before an impartial and unbiased court.”
This isn’t the first time Coleman has been accused of wrongdoing by a woman in recent months.
Earlier this year, former Town Manager Kim Alexander filed a defamation suit against the Mayor, claiming he purposely spread rumors that she was “sleeping with council members.”
Coleman will attend a hearing in Culpepper General District Court on June 4 for the battery allegations and on June 13 for the Alexander lawsuit.
Coleman has served on the Culpepper Town Council since 2003 and has been the town’s mayor for four years until he lost to Vice Mayor Mike Olinger in an election held earlier in May. Prior to serving on the Town Council, he worked as the director of Culpepper Human Services.
He has also worked with the Virginia Board for People With Disabilities and served as a counselor with the Virginia Department for the Visually Handicapped. Since coming to politics, Coleman has played a large part in creating a childcare program in the town and a thrift program to benefit services for the elderly and children.