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October 25, 2013

Former teacher sentenced to jail


Tonawanda News — The texts between the student and the teacher grew to have a sexual nature, and Kuhn began sending pictures of his genitalia. The victim said she received five or six photographs in total.

“He created an elaborate plan to go to New York City ... he would tell my mother it would be a good experience,” she said. “But all he wanted was sex.”

Kuhn gave the girl birthday presents, and they discussed their love for each other, the victim said.  Eventually, he coerced her into sending an inappropriate picture of herself to Kuhn.

“He said I owed him. I will always regret that and my self worth is very low,” she said. “Even to this day, I have had a hard time believing everything is not my fault.”

The inappropriate relationship began to take a toll on the young girl, whose grades and friendships suffered. After Kuhn tried to kiss her during a ride in the car, the victim told an adult about the incidents.

“I feared getting in trouble. Two years, that’s how long I was forced to hide,” she said, crying. “I was sick of being disgusted by myself. I needed to be able to sleep at night.”

The teen and Johnson asked for a split sentence of jail and probation time Thursday. Defense attorney Michael Ingham argued that his client is extremely remorseful, was a respected teacher and has no other criminal history.

“There was no physical component, no sexual relationship in any way,” he said. “He has already been punished and has relinquished his career. He has sold his home and moved thousands of miles away.”

Ingham argued that jail time would prevent Kuhn from providing for his child and wife, who consoled her husband before the sentencing but stormed out in tears after the victim told the story about his kiss.

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