Former Choir Director Sentenced After Serving Minors; Victims Claim Being Coerced into Sex

Kevin Foster sentenced to 60 days in jail, victims said they were coerced into having sex.

The former choir director at Westlake United Methodist Church who was arrested in September of 2012 was sentenced to 60 days in jail on two counts of furnishing minors with alcohol, a misdemeanor.

Kevin Foster, 37, was sentenced on April 19 by Rocky River Municipal Court Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons to 60 days in Cuyahoga County jail and a $1,000 fine. He pleaded no contest and was found guilty by the court.

Foster was accused of serving two underaged young women, who were 18, alcohol last year on the church's premises.

Foster is also a self-employed music teacher. According to by Westlake Police, he gave lessons in his home and also served as a recital accompanist in area schools.

The two young women are students of his, police said in a statement last September.

"I take full responsibility for providing the alcohol to the two adults under 21," Foster told Rocky River Municipal Court Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons, according to WKYC.com.

WKYC reported the girls were hoping to advance their music careers, but instead, prosecutors say, the girls found themselves ensnared in a "prolonged psychological campaign" during which the 37-year-old coerced them into having sex. Both girls said they had sex with Foster at his Arthur Avenue home.

Foster has been active in the community, serving as co-chair for the 2011 Bicentennial Bake-Off.              

Last year, Foster’s attorney, Ronald Frey, spoke highly of him.

"Mr. Foster has been an active member in the church for the last eight years," Frey said. "He is held in high esteem by the congregation and those who have worked with him."

Michael Anthony April 26, 2013 at 05:47 PM
a couple of things about this pissed me off. 1) the idiot abused his trust with the students and used church property to do it. 2) he was convicted of a misdemeanor for the alcohol and yet the headline would lead to you believe that he was convicted of alcohol and sex crimes. Why convict him in the headlines for an alleged crime (innocent until proven guilty remember) when the courts and the prosecutor couldn't? I hope he never gets a position again working with children under the age of 21. He can't exercise self control. But not because he was found guilty by a newspaper in it's headlines, but rather that he was found guilty by our court system, which is how it should have been reported.
concerned April 27, 2013 at 02:18 AM
regardless of what our court system found him guilty for, our Lord knows the truth of what he did to these girls and he will be punished.


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