Former band director faces more charges

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By Bryan Marshall

Former Grant County High School band director David Owens has been indicted on three additional sex charges in Kenton County.
A grand jury indicted Owens on Dec. 5 with one charge each of third-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and third-degree sodomy.
Owens was previously charged with two counts of sexual abuse and tampering with a witness in Grant County and one county of first-degree sexual abuse in Boone County for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship in 2011 with a former student at GCHS when the girl was 16 years old.
Owens’ wife, former Grant County Middle School band director JoAnn Owens, was also indicted for two counts of tampering with a witness in Grant County.
The new charges against Owens stem from an alleged inappropriate relationship Owens had with a student at Beechwood High School.
Owens, who had been director of the GCHS Marching Band since 2009, was band director at Beechwood High School in Ft. Mitchell prior to coming to GCHS.
During the Grant County investigation against Owens, a family member of a second alleged victim called the Grant County Sheriff’s Office to report a former Beechwood student also had a sexual relationship with Owens, according to Sheriff Chuck Dills.
The second victim, who is now 23 and lives out of the state, was then interviewed by police.
Through the interview, Dills said the victim disclosed that in 2004 when she was a 14-year-old freshman at Beechwood, the victim had a four-year sexual relationship with Owens.
“There’s overwhelming evidence through some e-mails and different things that there was a relationship between the two,” said Dills.
The evidence was turned over to Ft. Mitchell Police and the Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney’s office.
Owens could also be facing more charges out of Rowan County.
Evidence has also been shared with the Rowan County Commonwealth Attorney’s office and Morehead State University Police about alleged incidents that took place between Owens and the second victim during band trips.