WILKES-BARRE — Mark Kandel, a former Lackawanna County educator, was sentenced to 14.6 years in federal prison to using a cellular phone to solicit sex from a boy.
U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo handed down the sentence after listening to a young man who, then 17, Kandel sent a nude picture and Kandel’s teen daughter.
“This man, I am ashamed to call my father went after the same boys in school,” Kandel’s daughter said.
The then 17-year-old man, now attending college in Lackawanna County, told investigators about his contact with Kandel while he was a student at Valley View High School. The boy sent an email to Kandel asking for help with a college entrance exam essay and stayed in touch by texting. Their communication was harmless at first but quickly turned explicit, with Kandel asking the boy to send him pictures of the boy wearing Calvin Klein underwear.
The boy said he had to withdraw from attending Valley View because of stress from other students. He told Caputo he attempted suicide.
Kandel’s daughter said her father’s actions destroyed their family.
Kandel previously worked as a curriculum specialist with the Northeast Education Intermediate Unit 19 in Archbald, and had served on the Scranton School Board in the 1990s. He previously pleaded guilty in 2008 to supplying alcohol to minors during a party at his home; he was sentenced to 90 days home confinement and nine months probation.