Former music instructor charged with sexually assaulting teen, police say


    An Altoona man is facing felony charges for sexually assaulting a boy over the course of three years, according to a criminal complaint. (Blair County Prison)<br>

    An Altoona man is facing felony charges for sexually assaulting a boy over the course of three years, according to a criminal complaint.

    Police say in September of last year, the victim reported that 78-year-old Richard Kuiawa had sexually assaulted him on multiple occasions spanning from March 7, 2007 to Oct. 7, 2010.

    The victim told police his encounters with Kuiawa started when he was going door to door looking to shovel snow for his neighbors.

    The victim said Kuiawa told him he was a music teacher, and since the victim was an aspiring musician, the two made an agreement where the victim would do chores in exchange for music lessons, the complaint says.

    As their relationship developed, Kuiawa told the victim he was homosexual, and began having more frequent physical contact with him during their time together, the complaint says.

    According to the complaint, the victim told police as time went on Kuiawa would buy him gifts and give him money, even giving him a key to his house.

    The victim told police in 2007, when he was 14, Kuiawa made him watch homosexual pornography before sexually assaulting him in a bedroom.

    The sexual assaults continued several times over the next three years, before the victim went to college and joined the Marine Corps, where he told police he learned how drastically different his teenage years were compared to others.

    Kuiawa is facing a slew of sexual assault charges and is being lodged in the Blair County Prison where he was unable to post bail, which is set at $100,000.

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