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Ex-HS band director answers new sex charges


A former band director in Logan County serving prison time for having sex with members of his high school band is facing additional charges in Miami County.

John "Timothy" Shook, 35, made his first appearance in Miami County Common Pleas Court Thursday, represented by a public defender. He entered a plea of not guilty to both charges.

Shook is is serving 7 1/2 years in prison after his conviction on 12 of 13 sex-related charges, including sexual battery, gross sexual imposition and attempted sexual battery involving students at Riverside High School in Logan County school, where he served as the band director.

Five former students testified against him in his trial, saying he had sex with them. Three of those students were from Riverside High School, and two were his students at Covington High School eight years ago in Miami County.

The new charges he's facing are for sexual battery against two female members of his band at Covington between April 1 and June 30, 2005.

Shook is being held in the Miami County jail. His bond was set at $50,000 for each charge for a total of $100,000, though he won't get out because he's serving prison time until April, 2021.

He'll be back in court Monday, May 12.


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