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PD: Stepfather Arrested After Teaching Boy 'What It's Like in Prison'

Middletown Police say a 39-year-old city man told his 13-year-old stepson to do 15 pushups after the boy left the home while grounded.

A 39-year-old city man, who punished his stepson with 15 pushups after the boy violated his parents' rules, was arrested this week for disorderly conduct.

On Aug. 16 at 11:50 a.m., police were called to the home of a 13-year-old who said he was in a fight with his stepfather, Todd Kuhn, 39, of Hotchkiss Street.

The boy said he was grounded by his mom and stepdad and they discovered he had left the house, the report says, so the stepfather broke items in the boys room, threw his clothing, and grabbed and threw him several times.

Kuhn told officers the boy has a long history of violence and disrespect toward his mother, was caught with drugs and was grounded.

Kuhn, the report says, told the boy he wanted to "show him what it was like to be in prison," yelled at him and made him do 15 pushups. The mother testified Kuhn never touched the boy, the report says, who police say showed no evidence of being hit or injured.

Kuhn was charged with disorderly conduct.

newpawta August 18, 2012 at 11:03 AM
It's "disorderly conduct" to order a child to do push-ups? So much for gym class! What about making them stand in corners or kneel on rice, or mow the lawn or unload the dishwasher? Do those count? I can't throw possessions around or break them in my own home? Anyone ever heard of PMS? Just sayin'.
Mark Laucella August 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM
What is wrong with us? This is nothing more than a case of simple parental discipline! We aren't allowed to discipline our own children anymore? It appears there was nothing physical between them, just a "just" punishment for the "crime". We have gone way too far in this society. This is one reason why our children "expect" everything from their parents and are not held accountable for anything. What's next? "Oh, my parents made me put my shoes away, I think I'll call the police and claim child abuse?" I support this man and his actions in this case.
Pro Death August 18, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Lock up the dad and let the taxpayers pay for his child's Ill behaviour when he gets older and becomes a punk.
Heather L. August 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM
He should sue the cops that arrested him after he goes to court and the charges get dropped. The police had no reason to be involved in a family situation -- no one was being abused or hurt, the parents were just trying to discipline their unruly teenager. I would be LIVID if the cops tried to arrest me in my own house ... He probably told the cops to get lost which is why he got hit with that "contempt of cop" charge. Unreal.
courtneyrodri13@aol.com August 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM
What if the reason they did charge him with something was because he is suspected of being an a**hole to his child, children need protection and believe me I am one for a good punishment from a parent when necessary but what if this isn't the whole story could you imagine being that child who may be experiencing something like abuse or just being treated wrongly on a daily basis and he saw these comments how hopeless would you feel. It's bull crap but honestly bad kids aren't born they are made so maybe the parent and all of you should think of it that way maybe if he wasn't in prison and his mom didn't defend her boyfriend over her child all the time he wouldn't be the way he is.Just saying don't get all defensive over on measly charge maybe he did deserve it ! And none of us know what really happened not even the cops only the child, the mother, and the boyfriend or father of whatever he is.So don't every on hop on their high horses all at once!
Stacy Jones August 20, 2012 at 04:22 PM
So a few months ago the courts removed a child from his mother because he was over weight, now they arrest a parent because he tried to discipline his kid. Ok so when exactly did the government take over rasing our children? So its not ok to discipline our children, but its perfectly fine for the gvernment to do it once they end up in prison. At which point they will blame the parents for the way the children turned out. Growing up we (my four brothers and I) knew that our parents were in control, we knew what the rules were and we knew what the consequences were. My brothers were asked to kneel in the corners, wash the side of the house, run laps, etc, I was made to clean floors, hand wash laundry, run laps, clean the toilet with a tooth brush and once when I was 10 years olds and made fun or and bullied another child because her hair was short, my parents had my hair cut the same length as hers. Cut to now, all four brothers are college grads, military trained, married with children, home owners, tax payers with very well adjusted children. I am a well adjusted adult, college educated, great job, husband, no debt and didn't get pregnant in high school! alot can be said for discipline. Society falls apart when the government decides it knows better than families.
John Q. Public August 20, 2012 at 04:55 PM
The report states that police were called to the scene. If they were called to the scene by, for example, a neighbor who heard the yelling, breaking, etc., or if the police heard it going on when they arrived, then that is the basis for a charge of disorderly conduct. It wasn't what the father did that got him charged, it was how he did it.
jane August 20, 2012 at 10:35 PM
The 13 year old called the police.
jane August 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM
It's not my style to trash my kids room but I've never been faced with a 13 year old that was grounded for using drugs then snuck out. I'm thinking fear would be at the base of my anger. Good parents can have children choose the wrong path- peer pressure is a strong motivator. I wasn't there- I don't know these people- but reading this has troubled me deeply. I'm a liberal- don't believe in spankings or harsh discipline- but this wasn't about that. The police found no marks on the kid. If a 13 year old is shoved around by a man- there'd be redness since the kid called 911 in the middle of it. When my daughter was 5 she packed to run away because I was mean- wasn't allowing her to eat Halloween candy for breakfast. I'm sorry- I can't wrap my mind on how this person should have been arrested.
Marie June August 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I can't understand this justice system at all! We need to be parents and TEACH our children, and somehow it is OK with the legal system that this boy is not only doing drugs, but also going down a path of destructive behavior and disrespecting his mother?! I am completely ON the mother and step-father's side with this one. I pray that they are able to get an attorney and with lots of our PRAYERS possibly be able to come out on top. I am mortified that the legal system can be so negligent and not see that in our days (70s and 80s, we were SPANKED, KICKED, HIT, and ABANDONED!) Funny, the legal system wasn't there for those children, they got left behind, but look now, the legal system is quick to put away the WRONG people trying to do the RIGHT THING to teach the young boy to learn what it would be like to be imprisoned out of LOVE, BEFORE it's TOO LATE!! God bless the parents of this boy and what I have to say to them is FIGHT, and never STOP. I will pray for their voices to be heard.

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