Former Cleveland Catholic school teacher is jailed after sending sexually explicit messages to an agent posing as a teenage girl

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A judge on Thursday handed down a one-year prison sentence to a former Cleveland Catholic school teacher who sent sexually explicit messages on social media to an undercover FBI agent posing as a young 15 year old girl.

Gregory Kinat, 44, detailed in messages from late January how he wanted to teach the officer how to perform various sexual acts, prosecutors said in court documents. He asked if the officer would be willing to use birth control to prevent pregnancy, records show.

Kinat walked away from an arranged meeting after saying the agent’s age made it “too risky”.

“The punishment for me would be jail,” Kinat wrote, according to the filing.

Kinat, a former Notre Dame des Anges music teacher, pleaded guilty in July to two counts of importuning, a fifth-degree felony.

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge David Matia sentenced him to 12 months in prison on Thursday. Kinat will also have to register as a sex offender for the next 15 years.

Officers from the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Kinat on February 8 as he left his Berea home to go to work.

Cuyahoga County Assistant District Attorney Fallon Radigan wrote in a sentencing memorandum that the officer posed as a 15-year-old girl on “a popular social media app.” Prosecutors did not disclose which app the officer used.

Kinat, under the username “tall_guy_musician,” began communicating with the agent on Jan. 27 and identified himself as a teacher, according to the filing. The officer claimed to be 15 and Kinat replied “nothing wrong with that,” the filing said.

Kinat sent messages requesting information about the officer’s body, including his chest size, and detailed various sexual acts, according to the filing. After the officer said she didn’t do any of the acts, Kinat said “looks like you need a teacher,” the filing says. He also asked if the officer wanted to “lose your v-card,” a slang term referring to someone who loses their virginity.

In another message quoted by prosecutors in the court brief, Kinat said his wife worked from home, “so unless she’s gone, it would be very difficult to try to explain why this 15-year-old girl years is visiting”.

The two had planned to meet after school one day, but Kinat backed out, saying he had parent-teacher meetings and couldn’t attend the meeting, records show.

ICAC agents identified Kinat using the IP address associated with the account and identified him as a teacher at Notre Dame des Anges, records show. They arrested him on February 8.

Kinat told investigators after his arrest that he was asked to resign from a position at an Indiana school after he was accused of having a relationship with a 17-year-old student, prosecutors said in the filing. of the court. The file does not say if the police sought to verify this information.

Kinat’s defense attorneys, Kevin Cafferkey and Brian Moriarty, said in court filings ahead of Thursday’s sentencing that Kinat deserved probation because he immediately admitted guilt, had no criminal history and had signed up for counseling, including sex addiction and Bible study.

They also argued that, unlike other cases where prosecutors accused people of bothering, Kinat did not actually try to meet with the agent posing as a teenage girl. Lawyers said Kinat had no parent-teacher meetings that evening and made up an excuse to avoid meeting with the officer.

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