By Megan Sando
STILLWATER, Okla. —
A Stillwater-based national marching band fraternity and sorority has placed its executive director on paid leave following last week’s two-day prostitution roundup in Stillwater.
Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma officials announced their decision Thursday after retired Lt. Col. Alan Louis Bonner, 66, of Stillwater was arrested in the Nov. 13-14 Stillwater Police Department/Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics roundup, dubbed Operation Dragon Slayer.
Bonner was arrested for offering to engage in prostitution, but charges had not been filed in Payne County District Court as of 5 p.m. Thursday. A Payne County Jail spokesman said Bonner has been released from jail on bail.
Bonner was one of 26 people arrested in the prostitution sting. Police arrested 15 men and 10 women. Ten men are accused of engaging or offering to engage in prostitution. Seven women are accused of engaging in prostitution. One man was arrested on public intoxication and drug charges.
Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Presidents Christine Beason and Nicole Sanchez announced Bonner had been placed on paid leave in a joint statement Thursday.
The organizations “expect to cooperate fully with all aspects of any upcoming investigations,” according to the statement.
The organizations have appointed Diana Spiva, a longtime member of the national headquarters staff, as interim executive director. Spiva joined the staff as office manager and accountant in 2000. She previously worked at the Payne County Treasurer’s Office. She also served as Bonner’s executive assistant.
“Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma are each committed to the advancement of college bands, and our work on behalf of students and directors continues fully,” according to the statement.
As executive director, Bonner managed the organizations business affairs and supervised their professional management.
He also promoted the organizations at national conventions and universities across the nation, according to the organizations’ website.
Bonner served in the United States Air Force for 26 years. He was commander and conductor of the USAF Band in Washington, D.C., from 1991 to 1995.