Ohio State drum major instructor indicted on rape charges


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A drum major instructor for Ohio State University’s marching band who is accused of sexually assaulting a female student has been indicted on rape charges.

Twenty-eight-year-old Stewart Kitchen is suspected of assaulting an Ohio State student at his home on April 16.

The indictment announced Tuesday by the Franklin County prosecutor’s office includes two counts each of rape and sexual battery. Kitchen also faces a misdemeanor charge of failing to comply with underage alcohol laws.

Defense attorney Tom Hayes says Kitchen will plead not guilty.

Court documents allege the assault occurred after Kitchen and the 19-year-old woman went out drinking, and then walked to his Columbus home. The woman reported that Kitchen refused to return her to her home and sexually assaulted her in his bedroom.


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