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Poland schools band volunteer pleads innocent to indecent exposure

Published: Fri, December 28, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m.

By Ashley Luthern



A local percussion instructor has pleaded not guilty to indecent exposure and unlawful restraint, and police say the investigation is continuing.

Kevin Downs, 47, of Poland, was arraigned Monday in Struthers Municipal Court, where he entered his plea to the two misdemeanor charges.

His bond was set at $1,000, and he posted the 10 percent required by court, according to online records. He also was ordered to have no contact with the family of the victim.

The incident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at Downs’ Chablis Lane home, according to police reports.

Poland Township police Chief Brian Goodin said the victim is a minor but declined to release more information Thursday.

“It is still under investigation even though those charges were filed. Other charges are being looked into,” Goodin said.

Downs is founder of the local band Redline and KAD School of Percussion, where he offers private percussion lessons. He currently is a volunteer at Poland Local Schools teaching percussion.

Interim Poland schools Superintendent Don Dailey said Downs is not a school employee, and any compensation he receives is paid by the band boosters.

All regular volunteers in the district, such as volunteer sports coaches, undergo FBI and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation criminal background checks, he said.

Dailey said a background check on Downs was completed, and he was cleared to be a volunteer, but until the current investigation and court case concludes, Downs will not be permitted on school property.

According to Downs’ biography page on the Redline website, he also has taught in other area schools, including Cardinal Mooney, Canfield and Struthers.


1southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Another sick wacko in our community!

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2DeanChance(3 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Dave, I'd be patient. Not siding with either party but I've seen kids make up all kinds of stories so they don't have to study music or, on a broader scale, participate in activities. Today, with the way kids learn, act, and behave, this kind of story would not surprise me. Sometimes what one thinks is an action without consequences turns out to be the worst thing they can ever do.

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3bucnasty(17 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

One thing the last 15 months has taught us is that these situations need gone handled with the utmost care and attention. But it's imperative also that the transgressions of others should not cloud or affect Downs's legal rights and due process.

To deans point, it can be very possible that this is the result of a false accusation from a kid who doesn't understand the depth if these accusations or a disgruntled parent. It's very scary that a brash accusation could ruin someone's reputation; regardless of the outcome of this investigation.

Kevin Downs has spent decades teaching and volunteering his time in this community. We've learned that this in no way a free pass. But let's just let the legal process run it's course.

All of us who own our own business or are in the service industry, ask yourself what would be at stake if your name were falsely accused of this.

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4bmanresident(607 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

All is not as it seems in the fairy tale land of Poland.

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5redneckwonder(13 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

He'll claim the vibrations from the drums made his pecker fall out of his pants.

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6BobSwife(1 comment)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Hey bmanresdent,
this has nothing to do with Poland. No one in Poland thinks that we live in a fairy tale land. This could have happend in any of our towns.

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7walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

The allegation has to be taken at face value and investigated. But, a minor should not be left in a situation where there is not at least two adults present and NO activities should be permitted that are one-on-one. Parents and responsible leaders must protect the youth but two-deep adult leadership protects the adult from baseless allegations.

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8crankybiatch(1 comment)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I wonder if he asked for a "drum roll please"?

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