Ohio State band instructor charged with rape, kidnapping

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — An instructor with the Ohio State University marching band has been charged with rape and kidnapping.

Christopher S. Kitchen is expected to be in court Thursday morning to face the charges.

Kitchen, who goes by his middle name of Stewart, is listed on the OSU band website as the drum major instructor.

According to Columbus Police, Kitchen invited the victim out for drinks on Wednesday, April 15.

The victim told police Kitchen refused to walk her home and instead took her to his house. That’s when the suspect said Kitchen put her on his bed and began touching her. The victim said she resisted and that’s when Kitchen raped her.

According to the Columbus Dispatch and other Columbus media outlets, the victim is an OSU student.

Kitchen has not responded to the allegations.

The Ohio State University released the following statement:

“The university is deeply concerned to learn of criminal allegations against one of our employees of kidnapping and sexual assault.  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.

He was taken into custody Wednesday by law enforcement officials, and we will continue to assist them in their efforts. Since this is an on-going law enforcement investigation, the university is limited in its ability to provide additional comment at this time. Please contact the Columbus Division of Police or the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office with additional questions.”

The marching band has come under scrutiny recently following the firing of former band director Jonathan Waters. He was terminated last July after an internal investigation concluded he knowingly continued certain raunchy, profane or suggestive band traditions and mishandled sexual discrimination issues. Waters disputes the findings.

 

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