Outgoing Culpeper Mayor Calvin "Chip" Coleman has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery.
He was served with a summons Tuesday by the Virginia State Police alleging he sexually abused, "J.P, an adult female, against such person's will, by force, threat, intimidation, ruse." No other details were available.
In a statement, Culpeper attorney Rex Edwards, representing the mayor, said, "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."
A hearing in the matter was set for June 4 in Culpeper General District Court.
Former longtime director of Culpeper Human Services, Coleman has served on Culpeper Town Council since 2003 and as mayor for the past four years. He was not reelected in the election earlier this month, losing to Vice Mayor Mike Olinger.
Coleman is a former member of the Virginia Board for People With Disabilities who got his start in human services as a counselor with the Virginia Department for the Visually Handicapped. Known statewide for his work on welfare reform, Coleman was also instrumental in starting a childcare program in Culpeper as well as Full Circle Thrift with proceeds benefiting elderly and youth services.
The 64-year-old mayor in recent months has come under fire related to a pending defamation lawsuit filed against him by former Town Manager Kim Alexander in December. She alleged Coleman spread rumors around town that she was "sleeping with" councilmen. As part of the suit, hundreds of pages of his emails and text messages not related to public business were released and widely distributed on social media.
A hearing in the Alexander case is set for June 13 in Culpeper GDC.