By Will E Sanders
TROY — A former music teacher and band director with Covington schools is facing felony charges stemming from allegations that he was sexually involved with two female students at the high school nine years ago.
John T. Shook, 35, an inmate at North Central Correctional Institution in Marion, was arraigned in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Thursday on charges that he sexually engaged two underage girls who were in the high school band.
Shook entered pleas of not guilty to two sexual battery counts, second-degree felonies, at is arraignment and a pretrial conference was scheduled for Shook later this month. He remains at the Miami County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
Shook allegedly committed the offenses between April and June in 2005 and he was employed by the Covington School District between Aug. 23, 2001, and June 2, 2005, as a music teacher and a band director, according to both his indictment and Covington school records.
Shook is currently serving a seven and a half year prison sentence after a Logan County jury convicted him of six counts of sexual battery, one count of attempted sexual battery, and five counts of gross sexual imposition in December of last year, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s website.
The Logan County charges stem from Shook’s previous employment as a band director at Riverside High School.
He has an anticipated release date of April 27, 2021, but a conviction in his Miami County charges could keep him in prison for a longer time.
If convicted as charged, Shook will also undergo a sex offender labeling hearing, which would require him to register as a sex offender for the next 15 or 25 years, or for the rest of his life, in the county where he resides, works or receives an education.
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