Ohio State Drum Major Instructor Accused of Rape, Kidnapping

30 Apr 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. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Franklin County Court records show that Stewart asked the young woman to have drinks with him on April 15, and then he took her back to his University District home, and raped her.

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 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. 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.

It comes less than a year after Ohio State fired the band’s director after an internal investigation said he knew about but failed to stop a “sexualized culture” of raunchy, profane and suggestive traditions within the celebrated marching band and mishandled sexual discrimination allegations. 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. 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. This is unfortunately, not the first time that the OSU marching band has faced severe scrutiny over some sort of sexual allegations amongst its staff.

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