Bail set at $50000 for Ohio State drum-major coach accused of rape

1 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Court date set for Ohio State drum major instructor charged with rape and kidnapping.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A drum major instructor for Ohio State University’s marching band who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his home was arraigned Thursday on rape and kidnapping charges.An adult drum instructor for the self-proclaimed “Best Damn Band in the Land” — which had a demented culture of sexual hazing, revealed last year — was charged Wednesday with raping and kidnapping an OSU student.Christopher “Stewart” Kitchen, an employee in the OSU School of Music, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of kidnapping and rape, according to Franklin County Municipal Court online records.

OSU’s famous marching band was ensnared in controversy last year when decadeslong history of sexual harassment was revealed by a two-month investigation. The band has come under fire recently after an internal investigation found a “sexualized culture” among its members, leading to the band leader’s firing. The twisted traditions included vulgar nicknames, half-naked practices and requests for strange sex acts among members, such as women rubbing their breasts together and one female being told to fake an orgasm while sitting in her brother’s lap. The Dispatch also notes: During Kitchen’s time as head drum major, he was given the honor of leading Jack Nicklaus to the top of the “i” in Script Ohio during the golf legend’s honorary “i” dot. His $50,000 bond was posted, and he was expected to be released from jail. (Franklin County Sheriff¿s Office via AP) Court documents allege Kitchen and a woman went out drinking April 15, then walked to his Columbus home.

The woman reported that Kitchen refused to return her to her home and sexually assaulted her in his bedroom as she tried to escape and told him to stop, an investigator said in an affidavit filed in court. Upon being informed of these allegations by the Columbus Division of Police on April 23, the university moved quickly to place the employee on administrative leave and launched its own internal investigation in accordance with university policy. Jonathan Waters, an alumnus who became director in 2012, has challenged the review’s findings and filed a civil rights lawsuit seeking reinstatement and damages. According to the report, the marching band required a physical challenge of new members, “to either place a condom on a banana, place a banana in his or her mouth and place a condom on it, or place a banana between a graduate assistant’s legs and place a condom on the banana.” The band also had sexual nicknames for many of its members, including: Thumper, given to a female member who had to stomp her foot while pretending to orgasm, and Jewoobs, which was given to a Jewish student with large breasts who had to rub her chest together with a female nicknamed Tiggles.

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