Ohio State drum major instructor accused of rape, kidnapping

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.

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