Luther band director jailed on rape charge

Ponca City Now - February 2, 2016 11:33 am

Early Tuesday morning, the Oklahoma City Police Department Impact Unit arrested the Luther band director at his Oklahoma City home, located in the 12000 block of SE 73rd Street.

On Monday, OSBI agents received a warrant for the arrest of Kyle Whitmus (d.o.b. 8/17/1982) for five counts of sexual misconduct involving a sexual relationship with a child under the age of 14, including rape in the first degree.

The charges stem from Whitmus’ contact with a preteen female at the school.

Once the allegations were reported to the school in April 2015, Whitmus was suspended from teaching.

The allegations came to light when a Luther Middle School student told her mother about the relationship. That mother went to the victim’s father who, in turn, went to the Luther Police Department.

An investigator with the Luther Police Department performed a preliminary investigation and then requested OSBI assistance. Department of Homeland Security investigators forensically searched the victim’s cell phone for messages sent to and from Whitmus’ cell phone containing sexual content.

Whitmus was booked into the Oklahoma County jail this morning on one count of rape in the first degree, three counts of indecent or lewd acts with a child under 16, and one count of solicit sexual conduct with a minor.

His bond is set at $200,000.

 

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