A former Luther Public Schools band director was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to sex crimes against a 12-year-old student.
Kyle Whitmus, 34, was charged with multiple sex crimes after the middle school student told her mother that she had been in an inappropriate relationship with the band director in 2014-2015. The girl told investigators that the band director had sent her hundreds of sexually explicit text messages and that they had sex in an office near the band room. Other students reported that the teacher would put a video on for the class to watch while he and the girl went into the office together.
Whitmus was charged with multiple sex crimes, including first degree rape, six counts of lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child under 16, and two counts of soliciting sexual conduct with a minor.
In May, prosecutors dismissed the first degree rape charge and five of the lewd acts charges, and Whitmus pleaded guilty to one count of lewd acts with a minor and two counts of soliciting sexual conduct with a minor. In his plea, he admitted to sending sexually explicit communication to the girl, but denied illegal or inappropriate physical contact with the child.
At his sentencing hearing last week, Whitmus listened as the girl testified that the teacher had sent her hundreds of sexual text messages, kissed her, touched her inappropriately, and had sex with her in an office at school.
Whitmus's wife testified at the hearing that her husband had an affair with another student when that student turned 18 years old, and she said that she believes there may be more victims. She said the case has been particularly hard on her daughters, one of whom is the same age as the victim in the case.
Oklahoma County Judge Glenn Jones sentenced Whitmus to 20 years in prison, followed by 20 years of probation and lifetime sex offender registration.