BUFFALO, NY--- A teacher at Kenmore Middle School has pled guilty to sending an inappropriate picture to a 14-year-old student.
William Kuhn, 42, of the Town of Tonawanda admitted in court yesterday that he used his cellphone to send a photo of his genitalia to the student in April.
"My client is very remorseful, this is not something that came about abruptly, it was something that started innocently and it certainly got out of control," said Michael Ingham, Kuhn's attorney.
Kuhn remains out of jail.
As part of his plea, Kuhn has to resign from his teaching and band director positions at the Ken-Ton School District and surrender his teaching certificate to the New York State Education Department.
Kuhn was at the school for 15 years.
"This is an out of character event for him, he wasn't pursing a relationship with this girl, it was something that involved some mutual conversation through text messaging and it certainly went over the line," said Ingham.
Kuhn was able to plead guilty because according to his attorney, the county completed its investigation two weeks ago into Kuhn to find out whether he was involved in any other wrongdoing. Ingham says investigators found that the girl was the only person he was sexting with.
The Ken-Ton School District issued this statement following the 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.
Kuhn was abruptly removed from Kenmore Middle in May and put on leave.
He faces a maximum prison term of 1-1/3 to 4 years when he is sentenced before Judge Case on October 24, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.