Central Valley

Sentence delayed for Modesto teacher accused in sex case

Sentencing was delayed today for a Modesto man who was band instructor at Modesto High School for 10 years and in May pleaded no contest to annoying or molesting a teenager.

Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge John G. Whiteside delayed the sentencing so a psychiatrist can determine if a suspended sentence is appropriate for Lewis Kurt Wilhelm.

Wilhelm, 42, returns to court Aug. 25. He faces up to three years in prison, according to the district attorney’s office. Authorities said the music teacher had an inappropriate relationship with a student in July 2007.

According to prosecutors, a friendship between the teacher and student began with text messaging and escalated when the youngster made three trips to the teacher’s house. The teacher and student hugged and kissed, officials said, but the fondling stopped when the girl rejected further advances.

Wilhelm, who had never been in trouble before, remains free on $25,000 bail. A felony conviction would cost him his teaching license.