NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A former music teacher who sexually abused a girl was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Thursday.
Michael Solomon, 49, has spent the last seven-and-a-half years behind bars after being convicted of sexual abuse in 2005 and sentenced to 32 years in prison. That conviction was overturned on appeal and Solomon has remained behind bars as the case played out in court.
In the end, rather than go to a new trial, the former Lutheran school teacher from North Tonawanda pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child.
The victim was 8-years-old in 1999 when Solomon began to sexually abuse her. She was not one of his students.
In addition to the 12 year sentence, Solomon will have five years of post-release supervision.