KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Kenmore Middle School teacher has pleaded guilty to sending an indecent cellphone photo to a 14-year-old student.
The Erie County District Attorney's Office says 42-year-old William Kuhn, of Tonawanda, admitted to the April 2013 incident.
DA Frank Sedita said, "He was taking pictures of his manhood on his cellphone. He decided to mail that to a 14-year-old student."
Kuhn, who was a teacher and music band director at the middle school, was required to resign from his position with the district and surrender his teaching certificate to the state education department as a condition of his plea. His lawyer, Michael Ingham, says Kuhn met the victim at school.
"He was a music and band instructor and she was a student," Ingham said. "He never had anything like this happen in the past; he had never done anything inappropriate."
Ingham says they did not have a physical relationship.
"This was simply a texting relationship on cell phones between two people and it was mutual texting."
Kuhn pleaded guilty as charged to second-degree disseminating indecent material to minors, the highest charge he could have been convicted of had he gone to trial.
Students at the middle school say Kuhn was well-liked.
One former student said, "He was a great teacher, super nice and respectful of everyone, and it's just unexpected for him to do this."
Kuhn will face a maximum prison term of one-and-one-third to four years when he is sentenced in October.
The Ken-Ton School District released this statement following the guilty plea:
The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District has learned that William Kuhn, a former teacher for the District, has pled guilty to an E Felony of Disseminating Indecent Material to a Minor in the Second Degree. As part of that plea, he has resigned from the District and surrendered his teaching license.
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 as well as the District's buildings and students, the matter was reported to law enforcement and the District cooperated and worked with those entities. The District will continue to make the safety of its students its utmost priority.
We thank the Erie County District Attorney's Office and the Town of Tonawanda Police Department for all their work on this extremely disturbing situation and ensuring school-children in the District and throughout New York State are protected from his behavior.
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