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Former band directors indicted

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

The former band director at Grant County High School and his wife, the former band director at Grant County Middle School, have both been indicted by a Grant County grand jury on Sept. 18.
Kenneth David Owens, 34, is charged with two counts of sexual abuse and tampering with a witness.
JoAnn Owens, 32, was indicted for two counts of tampering with a witness.
Both charges are Class D felonies.
David Owens is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a former student at GCHS. The contact occurred in 2011 when the girl was 16 years old.
The investigation was initiated by a post on a social network site by the victim, who is now 18.
Grant County Schools notified the Grant County Sheriff’s Office Sept. 11 about an inappropriate behavior complaint after news of the victim’s complaint spread.
Within 24 hours, David Owens resigned, in lieu of termination, and a full report was filed by the school.
Before the end of the school day on Sept. 12, Owens was interviewed and later arrested.
Owens had been director of the GCHS Marching Band since 2009. Prior to that he was band director at Beechwood.
JoAnn Owens served as an assistant director of the GCHS band, as well as director of the GCMS band. She was also employed by the district as a music teacher at GCMS. She resigned her position on Sept. 16.