Former Aquinas teacher accused of recording child on secret camera sentenced

Published: Jun. 7, 2023 at 3:24 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - A former St. Thomas Aquinas High School choir director pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a child and 25 counts of breach of privacy. On Wednesday he was sentenced to 68 months in prison.

According to court documents, Heidesch transmitted, distributed and/or presented sexually explicit conduct by a child.

Previous documents stated that Heidesch used “a concealed camcorder, motion picture camera or photographic secretly videotape” two separate victims in the nude without their consent.

The court documents state at least two of those instances happened in 2019, and one of them involved a teenager.

The 68-month sentence was the maximum allowed under Kansas law for the convicted charges, the judge said.

Read the below for more information regarding this case:

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