School band leader accused of duct-taping 9-year-old student’s mouth

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BROOKLYN — The band director of a popular after-school music program in Brooklyn is charged with assault.

A 9-year-old boy says his bandleader, 39-year-old Kenyatte Hughes, duct taped his mouth during band practice.

When the student removed the tape, his face was swollen and his lips were cracked.

Hughes was a volunteer and revived the Soul Tigers marching band more than a decade ago. His goal was to steer kids away from violence by teaching them music.

In a Criminal Court hearing on Wednesday, prosecutors asked for bail to be set at $20,000.

Instead, Hughes was allowed to leave without posting bail.


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