Ex-teacher waives hearing



A former music teacher accused of grooming and molesting a 14-year-old boy has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Richard Kuiawa, of 2111 16th Ave., appeared briefly at Central Court on Wednes­day to waive 10 charges, including five felonies, related to the alleged sexual abuse of a then-14-year-old boy in 2007 on to Blair County Court.

Kuiawa taught music at Bishop Guil­foyle High School for five years, between 1982 and 1987, and along with being the founder and director of the Keystone Chorale, he ran his own music school where he taught voice and piano.

Altoona police charged the 78-year-old Kuiawa last week after a monthslong investigation that was sparked when a now-26-year-old man came forward to claim Kuiawa groomed and ultimately sexually assaulted him starting in 2007. The alleged abuse lasted until about 2011.

Kuiawa posted 10 percent of $100,000 bail and is scheduled for a formal arraignment in Blair County Court on April 18.