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Ex-youth orchestra director charged

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) – A former youth orchestra director in northeastern Kentucky has been charged with having inappropriate contact with a minor.

The Daily Independent in Ashland reports that former Russell schools orchestra director Jason D. Chapman is charged with one count of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor younger than 16.

Greenup District Judge Brian McCloud ruled this week that there was sufficient evidence to send Chapman’s case to a grand jury.

Chapman is free on $10,000 bond. Russell School Superintendent Susan Compton says Chapman resigned as orchestra director the day before his Jan. 12 arrest.

The Russell orchestra is comprised of several hundred members from the district’s primary, middle and high schools. Under Chapman’s directorship, the group earned numerous accolades, and performed in Boston, New York, Chicago, and London, England.