Grant County HS band director charged with sexual abuse arraigned on new charges

DRY RIDGE, Ky. -- A Grant County High School director of bands arrested in September and charged with two felony counts of sexual abuse appeared in a Kenton County courtroom Monday on new sexual assault charges.

Kenneth Owens, 34, who also goes by the name David, is now charged with having an inappropriate sexual relationship with two females, 16 and 14, authorities said.

Owens was arraigned Monday on the new charges of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse of a 14-year-old in Kenton County, according to court documents.

Investigators said the media attention to Thompson's initial charges brought forward the second alleged victim.

"We wouldn't have this Kenton County case except that the victim heard about what was going on in Grant County and realized that she was not the only person this had happened to and felt it important to contact authorities in Grant County and let them know this had happened to her," Kenton County Prosecutor Rob Sanders said.

In the initial charges, investigators said Owens performed sexual acts with the minor on two separate occasions in April of 2011. He remains behind bars, and is expected to appear in Boone County court next week to face more charges.

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

Livingood said school administrators first heard of rumors about Owens 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.

His wife, Joann Owens, works at the Grant County Middle School as director of bands and they have three children together.

The news shocked the community.

"Really, really sad,” said Adrienne Yangoua. “I have children that go to the high school.  I just can't believe it." 

"Too heartbreaking somebody could do something like that to a child,” said James Hornsby. 

"They should be put in prison,” Hornsby said, “but my question is that enough punishment."

Owens is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m.

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

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