Ohio State band instructor pleads guilty to sexual battery

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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