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Former Ken-Ton teacher admits sending lewd photo to student

Photo from Ken-Ton School District Website

A former Kenmore Middle School teacher has pleaded guilty to sending an inappropriate photo to a 14-year-old student.

William Kuhn, 42, of Tonawanda admitted he used his cell phone to send a photo of his genitalia to a student back in April.

Under his plea, Kuhn was forced to resign from his teaching position in the Kenmore Tonawanda School District. He was also required to surrender his state teaching certificate. 

Ken-Ton Schools Superintendent Mark Mondanaro tells WBFO News Kuhn was removed from his teaching duties in May.

"As soon as we heard that there could have been some type of issue, the teacher in question was immediately removed, not only from that building, but all buildings in our school district and all district property," said Mondanaro.

Mondanaro said the District will continue to make the safety of its students an "utmost priority." 

Kuhn was a music teacher at the Kenmore Middle School as well as band director.  

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said Kuhn was charged with disseminating indecent material to minors.

"That, in New York, is a crime. It's a felony. We have convicted him of the felony," said Sedita.  "He pleaded guilty as charged. It's the highest count he could have been convicted of had he gone to trial."

Kuhn faces a maximum jail term of one-and-a-third to four years. He will be sentenced October 24 before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case.