A former Northern Kentucky high school band director accused of having sexual relations with a former student now faces a charge in Boone County.
Kenneth David Owens, 34, will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Boone Circuit Court on one count of sexual abuse in the first degree. That's a class D felony punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison.
Owens was arraigned Monday in Kenton Circuit Court. In Kenton County, he faces one count each of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse. He also faces charges in Grant County and could face charges in Rowan County in eastern Kentucky. Owens has not been indicted in Rowan County.
Owens was the Grant County High School band director when he was arrested Sept. 12. He previously was the band director at Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell.
There are two alleged victims. One is from the Grant County case. Kenton Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said the other victim is from the cases in Boone, Kenton and Rowan counties. He said he's concerned there could be more victims but he has no specific information that such victims exist.
"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," Sanders said. "And (she) felt it (was) important to contact the authorities in Grant County and let them know that this happened to her too."
Owens is currently lodged in the Kenton County jail. Kenton Circuit Court Judge Patricia Summe kept his bond at $25,000. Owens resides with his mother in Corbin, Ky. He has three children. His attorney said Owens has no prior criminal record.
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