Former NSD substitute teacher, arrested by Kirkland police, sentenced to 12 months for child porn

Kurt Kasner, former-substitute teacher of Northshore School District, plead guilty in April to possessing child pornography and was sentenced on May 29 to a year in jail. The court dismissed the second and third degree counts of child pornography.

Kurt Kasner, former-substitute teacher of Northshore School District, plead guilty in April to possessing child pornography and was sentenced on May 29 to a year in jail in King County Superior Court.

The court dismissed the second and third degree counts of child pornography.

The 73-year-old man was arrested in Woodinville on Oct. 17, 2014 by Kirkland police, after bringing his computer into a repair shop in Kirkland, where a technician found the stash of child porn.

According to court documents, the sentence for Kasner includes 12 months in King County Jail. Kasner gets credit for 221 days he has already served; meaning he could be out of jail in five months.

After his sentence, Kasner will then spend the next 24 to 36 months in community custody and, no matter where he goes, will have to register as a Level I sex offender.

According to police documents, Kasner had admitted to entering ‘incest’ into search engines to obtain photographs of children as young as 10 to 15 years old.

“I have always been fascinated by images of children,” Kasner told police in 2014. “… [it’s a] victimless crime because there were no real people involved and it was just in my head.”

Not only did he admit to possession of child pornography, Kasner also confessed to molesting two boys, a 15-year-old in 1976 when he served as a “Big Brother” in California, but the incident was never reported. Kasner also admitted to another molestation in the late 1970s.

According to statements made at the time of the incident, Kasner mainly substituted children in third through sixth grades in music, physical education or in the library during his time with the Northshore School District.



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