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Former Band Director Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges

COVINGTON, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- Former band director Kenneth David Owens has now pleaded guilty to sex charges involving two different students at two different schools.

He's agreed to a 10-year prison sentence and to surrender his teaching certificate.  Owens was forced to resign as Grant County's band director after a former student claimed he sexually abused her.  Monday, he pleaded guilty to charges he had an ongoing sexual relationship with a student when he was the band director at Beechwood High School.

Free on bond, Kenneth David Owens sat quietly in Kenton Circuit Court before his case was called.  Judge Patricia Summe thoroughly went over Owens' plea agreement and asked a lot of questions.  She got right to the point.

"Tell me what you DID."

"I had sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 16."

The indictment claims the relationship took place between 2004 and 2006 with a girl who was 14 at the time.  Owens was her band director.  The affair reportedly continued until she graduated.  The crimes stopped when she reached the age of consent, 16.

Owens is charged with rape, sodomy and sexual abuse.  He pled guilty and said nothing as he left the courtroom.

Owens' legal troubles started last year with allegations that led to charges in Grant County.  Boone and Kenton followed.  Owens pled guilty two weeks ago there.  His plea agreement sends him to prison for 10 years and covers the charges in all counties.  It even covers charges yet to be filed in Rowan County.

That victim is the same as the Kenton County victim who is now an adult.  She came forward after hearing Owens didn't stop abusing students after she left school.  She was concerned, to say the least, that there was another victim out there.

Sanders says there's no evidence of additional victims.  He's thankful Owens will never teach again and is headed to prison for 10 years.

"If you keep score or keep track of of these cases, generally speaking the student/teacher sexual relations cases that we've had usually end up with about 5 year sentences."

Kenneth David Owens walked out of court Monday a free man...for now.  He's expected to plead guilty to charges in Boone County on Wednesday.  His attorney says he will go to jail when he's sentenced in Grant County next month.

Owens wife, Joann, pleaded guilty to charges of tampering with a witness in Grant County.  She was sentenced to 3-years probation.




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