WILKES-BARRE - A Lackawanna County man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to using a cellular phone to solicit sex from a boy.
Mark Kandel, 53, of Peckville, appeared before U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo to plead guilty to online enticement of a minor. Caputo accepted Kandel’s guilty plea.
Federal prosecutors claimed Kandel sent more than 3,000 text messages to a 17-year-old boy during October soliciting the boy to send him sexually explicit pictures in exchange for money and gifts.
Kandel surrendered his appellate rights under the negotiated plea agreement. He could face 13 to 26 years in prison when he is sentenced in September.
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.