Wife of former Grant County HS band director now charged in his sexual abuse case

She's accused of witness tampering

DRY RIDGE, Ky. -- The wife of the former Grant County High School band director accused of sexually abusing a  former student has been indicted along with him.

JoAnn Owens is charged with two counts of tampering with a witness. She was middle-school band director until she resigned last week.

Kenneth David Owens is charged with two counts of sexual abuse and tampering with a witness. He resigned Thursday, Sept. 12.

All charges are Class D felonies.

Kenneth David Owens, 34, had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a former 16-year-old female student, authorities said.

Investigators said Owens performed sexual acts with the minor on two separate occasions in April 2011.

Owens and his wife have three children together.

Owens resigned in lieu of termination, Grant County Superintendent Ron Livingood said.

Livingood said school administrators first heard of rumors about Owens on Sept. 11 and immediately investigated, later turning the case over to the Grant County Sheriff's Office, the Commonwealth Attorney and the Educational Professional Standards Board.

"I assure you that the administration of the Grant County School District acted swiftly and decisively to ensure the safety and well-being of our students. That is, and will always be our primary concern," Livingood said in a letter sent to parents. "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone concerned and/or involved."

Owens had been the director of bands at Grant County High School since 2009, according to the Grant County Band's website.

To read the full letter sent to parents from Livingood, click here: http://bit.ly/14SkWcC

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