Ohio State band instructor charged with kidnapping, rape

30 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bail set at $50,000 for Ohio State drum-major coach accused of rape.

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. Stewart Kitchen, 28, is accused of inviting an undergrad to his home for drinks April 15, raping her and refusing her repeated pleas to take her home, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Court records say that Kitchen invited the woman to have drinks about 11 p.m. on April 15, then raped her about 3 a.m. after they went back to his house.

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 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 marching band has faced intense scrutiny over the past year after the former director, Jonathan Waters, was fired for allowing a “sexualized culture” among band members.

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. OSU also released a statement to the media about the situation. “The university is deeply concerned to learn of criminal allegations against one of our employees of kidnapping and sexual assault,” the statement said. “He was taken into custody today by law enforcement officials, and we will continue to assist them in their efforts. Since this is an ongoing law enforcement investigation, the university is limited in its ability to provide additional comment at this time.” Kitchen graduated from Ohio State in 2010, and made headlines this past February for selling his OSU breastplate and hat from his marching band uniforms, to help pay for his mother’s cancer treatments.

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