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Former Band Director Faces More Charges in Sex Case

KENTON COUNTY, Ohio (Joe Webb) -- Former band director Kenneth Owens is locked up in the Kenton County Jail Monday night and the case against him just keeps growing.

Owens now faces sex charges involving underage female students in three northern Kentucky counties.  He was in court in Covington Monday where he is facing rape, sodomy and sexual abuse charges.

Kenneth David Owens was originally charged in Grant County in September and forced to resign as the band director there.  Two weeks ago he was indicted in Kenton County for allegations of sex with a student when he was the band director at Beechwood High School. 

That's what he was in court for Monday but his attorney said there are even more charges and Owens will be in court in yet another county later this week.

Wearing a pink jail jumpsuit, Kenneth David Owens was arraigned for rape, sodomy and sexual abuse in Covington Monday afternoon.  Owens' attorney told the judge the former band director's mother was in court with $5,000 in cash to post bond for him.  But the prosecutor argued for a higher bond because the case against Owens was growing.

The attorney confirmed that.

"Your honor, he's been indicted in Boone County.  There's a criminal summons.  He's to appear Wednesday at 1 o'clock in Boone Circuit Court.  The one thing I'd like to say to the court. I understand the Commonwealth's concern about him absconding but we've known about these charges coming in Kenton County for some time."

The judge kept his bond at 25,000 dollars cash, saying the escalating case made Owens more of a danger to the community. 

The Boone County indictment alleges Owens sexually abused an underage girl in April 2011.  That's one incident. In Kenton County, Owens is accused of an ongoing sexual relationship with a student that started when she was 14. They allegedly had sex in a variety of locations, including Beechwood High School.

In court, the prosecutor said a fourth jurisdiction is considering sex charges against Owens. So far, it appears there are two victims but they have not ruled out the possibility of more.

The Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney said, "That's certainly a concern.  We wouldn't have the Kenton County case except the victim heard about what happened in Grant County and realized she was not the only person this had happened to and felt it was important to call the authorities in Grant County and let them know this happened to her, too."

Local 12 hopes to learn more about the Boone County indictment but haven't been able to get in contact with anyone from the prosecutor's office there.  Kenneth David Owens had been out of jail since he posted bond in Grant County in September. 

He has been locked up since last week when police arrested him in Corbin on the Kenton County charges.  Owens has been living with his mother in Corbin.

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