A Prince George's County grand jury is set to hear allegations today against a former Charles H. Flowers High School band director accused of sexually molesting two of his students, authorities said.
Kevin O. Davenport, 42, of Windsor Mill, Md., faces two counts of child abuse in connection with allegations that he fondled and solicited sex from two teenage girls last fall while inside the Springdale school, according to court documents.
Davenport referred all questions to his attorney, who called the allegations "a pattern of lies and inconsistencies."
"It's a shame that the unsubstantiated, uncorroborated allegations of two basically disgruntled students can ruin decades of hard work and integrity," attorney Steven Silverman said yesterday.
Davenport, who is married and has two children, is a former baritone horn player for the Washington Redskins Band. He is the band director at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, where he has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the case, officials said.
University President Mary Sias said that in July, Davenport began working at Kentucky State, where he serves as band director and teaches at least two classes. University officials were not aware that Davenport was under investigation when he was hired in the late spring because neither he nor Prince George's school officials disclosed it, she said.
"When we did our calls at the high school, they told us there were no problems," she said.
Law enforcement officials said that the girls came to police late last year and that an arrest warrant was issued in June. As authorities were arranging his arrest, Davenport drove from Kentucky last month and turned himself in, Prince George's County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Aiello said.
Silverman emphasized that Davenport was released without bail. "The fact that he was released on his own recognizance speaks volumes as to the lack of substance to these allegations," he said.
Court records show that two 16-year-old band members told police in January that the teacher tried to seduce them inside the school. One girl told police that beginning Nov. 10, Davenport "began making sexual comments about her body" and opened her shirt and began touching her. The girl told police that Davenport exposed himself to her and asked for sexual favors, the records show.
The other girl said Davenport propositioned her several times, beginning on Valentine's Day 2003. She said that he purchased gifts for her, including jewelry, stuffed animals and flowers, and that he would rub against her while hugging her, court records show. Helena Noble-Jones, the principal at Flowers, said Davenport worked as the band director until January, when he was called on a Monday morning and told to "report somewhere other than Flowers." She did not know where he was reassigned, but he never returned to the high school, she said. Silverman said that Davenport remains on administrative leave without pay.
Noble-Jones said she learned of an allegation against Davenport from a school counselor and began a preliminary investigation. After speaking to one of the two students, she called the girl's parents and asked them to come in "and to bring anything they had" to help document the girl's claims. The parents never came in, and the investigation was turned over to school district officials and police, she said.
Officials did not notify students or parents that a teacher was under investigation "We have no right to violate an investigation by personnel, even to inform parents," Noble-Jones said. "That's almost like prosecuting someone" before the person receives due process.
She said she was not aware of the second student coming forward.
Researcher Alice Crites contributed to this report.