Ohio State drum major instructor accused of rape, kidnapping

30 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Drum-major coach of Ohio State’s famed marching band faces rape charge.

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.The drum major leads the Ohio State University marching band before the Four-ball matches for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on Oct. 3, 2013. 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.

The university’s newspaper, the Lantern, reported that the school is also conducting its own review of the incident, which reportedly took place on April 16. “The university is deeply concerned to learn of criminal allegations against one of our employees of kidnapping and sexual assault,” the university said, in a written statement, adding: “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.” This is not the first time the band has been in trouble. In July, Jon Waters, the director of the band, was fired after he was accused of harassment and a “sexualized culture” in the band, Cleveland.com, a local news website, reported. Waters later filed a lawsuit against the university for discriminating against him based on gender and wrongfully dismissing him without completing required procedures.

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