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Wife of former high school band director charged in sexual abuse case
GRANT COUNTY, Ky (WKRC) -- The wife of the former Grant County High School band director charged with sexually abusing a 16-year-old student is now indicted in the case.
JoAnn Owens faces two counts of witness tampering and has resigned from her job.
Her husband, Kenneth David Owens, was also indicted today on two charges of sexual abuse and one count of witness tampering.
All the counts involve a 16-year-old student.
David Owens resigned from the high school after information from tweets that the now-18-year-old girl sent, got back to school officials.
Here is a statement from the school district concerning JoAnn Owens:
(GRANT COUNTY, Ky) - On Thursday, September 12th, the administration of the Grant County School District became aware of rumors that a middle school faculty member, Mrs. JoAnn Owens, may have been involved in an attempt to cover up an inappropriate relationship between her husband and a former student. The administration acted immediately to investigate and within 24 hours of first hearing these allegations, Mrs. Owens had resigned in lieu of termination. In addition, a full report was filed with the Grant Count Commonwealth Attorney. The Grant County Grand Jury has now returned a two count indictment against Mrs. Owens.
Grant County Schools is truly appreciative of the tremendous support that the community has shown for the school district as these events have taken place. Please know that the discretion we have shown in the release of information is a direct result of the ongoing investigation and an effort to protect the rights and privacy of our students. The matter is now in the hands of the Grant County Criminal Justice system with whom we are fully cooperating. No further public comment will be made by the school district pending the resolution of the criminal proceedings.
I assure you that the administration of the Grant County School District acted swiftly and decisively to ensure the safety and well-being of our students. That is, and will always be our primary concern.
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