Bond set at $500,000 for Warrensville Heights band director charged with sexual battery

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BEDFORD, Ohio - The Warrensville Heights High School band director was in court on Monday to face charges in connection to a sex investigation.

Duane Keeton was held in jail without bond this weekend. He's charged with one count of sexual battery and one count of attempted sexual battery.

Keeten, wearing a Warrensville Heights City School District T-shirt, appeared in court via video and waived his preliminary hearing. According to his attorney, he has no criminal history and has worked at the high school for eight years.

The judge set his bond at $500,000 and indicated more charges are expected.

Court records said the band director is accused of paying a student in 2016 to perform sex acts. The victim was 17 years old and a member of the band.

Records also state the band director attempted to engage in sexual conduct with a student on Aug. 9. According to the charge, a student asked the band director if he knew of any jobs because he wants to earn some money. Keeton attempted to have the student earn money by performing sexual favors, the court documents said.

FOX 8 received a tip saying Keeton had been walked out of the high school by police.

Friday morning, the Warrensville Heights police chief told the I-Team Keeton left school voluntarily to speak with officers and he was not in custody. However, hours later, the city released a statement saying Keeton had been in custody since the day before.

Warrensville Heights City Schools placed Keeton on leave on Friday.

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