Ohio State Band Instructor Charged With Kidnapping And Raping Student

Ohio State Band Instructor Charged With Kidnapping And Raping Student
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Christopher Stewart Kitchen, 28, a drum-major instructor from Ohio State University, was charged with kidnapping and rape on Thursday. He was accused of sexually assaulting a student.


Kitchen, who was charged with two counts, both first-degree crimes, was arrested on Wednesday.

The victim, who is a student at the Ohio State University, reported that on April 15, Kitchen invited her for drinks before going to his Columbus house. Kitchen then sexually assaulted her in his bedroom, as per The Columbus Dispatch.

Upon learning the accusations, Ohio State has placed Kitchen on paid leave.

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“The university is deeply concerned to learn of criminal allegations against one of our employees of kidnapping and sexual assault,” Ohio State said in a written statement. “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.”

Kitchen, who headed the university band in 2006-2007 and who is now working as a drum major instructor, had been awarded as “Most Inspirational Bandperson.”

He will appear in Franklin County Municipal Court. The hearing is scheduled for May 8.