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Warrensville Heights band director charged for soliciting sex from student appears in court

Posted: 10:53 AM, Aug 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-13 15:07:15Z

The Warrensville Heights High School band director who is accused of soliciting sex from a student appeared at an arraignment hearing at 11 a.m. Monday morning.

The hearing was held at the Bedford Municipal Court. 

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Duane Keeton, of Warrensville Heights High School, was charged with a felony count of importuning. The Ohio Revised Code  defines importuning  as soliciting sex from a juvenile.

Keeton entered a technical plea of not guilty and waived his preliminary trial. The judge set his bond at $500,000. 

He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, Aug. 17 at 9:45 a.m.

He was detained and has been in police custody since Thursday, authorities said.

The allegations were brought to authorities on Thursday and Keeton was immediately relieved of his duties, with pay, according to authorities.

The district didn't release any additional information.

“Because this matter is in the investigatory stage, it would be improper for me to disclose any additional information at this time,” Superintendent Donald Jolly said. “During this difficult time, I want to assure parents and students that the Band Program and practices will continue under the leadership of a qualified Interim Band Director."

School officials said parents and those students in the band will be notified directly regarding any additional information that becomes available.

“We maintain an outstanding relationship with both the school district and this community and through these relationships, we are able to continue to provide effective policing in this city,” said Wesley Haynes, Warrenville Heights police chief.