57-year-old Justice High School teacher Philip Spivey has been accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student. Spivey faces four felony counts of indecent liberties by a custodian.
Police say that Spivey had unlawful sexual contact with a student. School staff members were notified of the alleged sexual contact earlier in January and contacted the police. Spivey has not been on campus since January 8.
Spivey is an ESOL teacher at the school. He is also employed as a private music teacher in the area.
Right now, Spivey is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond.
Anyone with information regarding this case or who may have experienced inappropriate behavior by Spivey has been asked to contact the Major Crimes Bureau detectives at 703-246-7800.
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