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July 26, 2013

Ken-Ton teacher guilty of indecency

Tonawanda News — A former Kenmore Middle School music teacher and band director, William Kuhn, has admitted to sending an inappropriate picture of himself to a student, Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III announced. 

“With his adoring and apparently very forgiving spouse at his side, Kuhn admitted that he used his cellphone to send a photo of his naked genitalia to a 14-year-old student,” a statement from Sedita’s office reads. 

Kuhn, of Stoneleigh Avenue, Town of Tonawanda, pleaded guilty to second-degree disseminating indecent material to minors, an E felony, before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case.

The incident was reported to Town of Tonawanda police May 7, and Ken-Ton immediately placed Kuhn, 42, on administrative leave. 

As conditions of his plea, Sedita required Kuhn to resign from his teaching position with the Ken-Ton school district and to surrender his teaching certificate to the New York State Education Department. 

The case was prosecuted by Roseanne Johnson, the chief of the Special Victims Bureau, and was investigated by Town of Tonawanda police detectives William Fleming, William Krier and William Smith. 

Sedita praised their efforts.

“Because of their professional investigation, a deviant will no longer have the opportunity to teach and target school children,” he said. 

Kuhn faces a maximum prison term of 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison when Case sentences him on Oct. 24 at 9:30 a.m. 

The Ken-Ton school district released a statement Thursday after Kuhn’s plea. 

“I want the parents and this community to be assured that when concerns were first brought to the district’s attention, Mr. Kuhn was immediately removed from the classroom,” the statement reads. “The matter was reported to law enforcement and the district cooperated and worked with those entities.” 

Superintendent Mark Mondanaro declined to answer questions out of respect for the victim. When asked Wednesday about the case, Mondanaro said he was just learning of the teacher’s resignation. 

According to Kuhn’s Facebook page, he graduated from the City of Tonawanda High School in 1989, and then attended Villa Maria College, The University of Arizona and the University at Buffalo, where he received his master’s degree. 

He has been employed by the Ken-Ton district since 1996, according to online records. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley

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