Ohio State band instructor pleads guilty to sexual battery

Stewart Kitchen has pleaded not guilty to charges including rape

Ohio State University drum major instructor, Christopher Kitchen, accused of sexually assaulting a student has pleaded guilty to a sexual battery charge.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say an Ohio State University drum major instructor accused of sexually assaulting a student has pleaded guilty to a sexual battery charge.

A Franklin County prosecutor’s spokeswoman says 29-year-old Stewart Kitchen entered the plea Monday in Columbus.

Court documents allege the assault occurred at Kitchen’s Columbus home in April 2015 after Kitchen and the 19-year-old woman went out drinking. He previously pleaded not guilty to charges including rape.

All of the other charges were dismissed as part of the plea bargain.

A message seeking comment was left with Kitchen’s attorney.

Kitchen could face up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced June 29.

He was indicted less than a year after Ohio State fired the band’s director for allowing “a sexualized culture.”

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