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Former Band Director Indicted for Rape
FORT MITCHELL, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- Former band director Kenneth David Owens was indicted Thursday for rape, sodomy and sexual abuse for an alleged relationship with a Beechwood High School student.
Owens left Beechwood to become the band director in Grant County in 2009. He resigned there in September when he was charged with two sex abuse charges for an alleged relationship with another student.
The Kenton County indictment charges that Owens engaged in sex with an underage girl from August 2004 to August 2006. She was a band student at Beechwood and 14 years old when the relationship began.
"We actually believe the relationship between Mr. Owens and the student went on beyond 2006 but that's when the student turned 16 and at the time would legally be able to consent in Kentucky," Kenton County Commonwealths Attorney Rob Sanders told Local 12.
The law since has been amended that any sexual relationship between a student and a teacher is now a felony but at the time it took place it was not.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Beechwood Superintendent Steve Hutton said the district first became aware of the allegations when Owens was arrested in Grant County. He says the district immediately forwarded the information to Fort Mitchell Police. Hutton says the school district acted swiftly and decisively to ensure the safety and well-being of students.
Owens' wife JoAnn was also indicted in Grant County and faces charges of tampering with a witness. No one else faces charges in Kenton County.
Sanders says the Beechwood victim came forward after she heard about the Grant County case.
"To our knowledge, this is the only victim at Beechwood High School. But actually given the pattern we've seen between Grant County and Kenton County there's always the possibility there could be others. And if anybody has any knowledge of other victims they should contact their local police department."