Maryland piano teacher found guilty of abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Maryland man has been found guilty of sexually abusing a former teenage piano student, according to officials.

Mark Chuvala, 41, was the victim’s piano teacher in 2011 at Middle C Music in Tenleytown. State prosecutors say Chuvala, who was 34 at the time, asked the 13-year-old student to stay in touch, and officials say they began a relationship through texting. From there, the two met at a park in Montgomery County, where Chuvala kissed her and engaged in sexual contact.

In the spring of 2012, the victim first disclosed the abuse to a friend and her friend told a school counselor, according to officials. That counselor then notified D.C. police. The victim however, did not go forward with a police investigation until fall of 2014, and Chuvala was arrested in June of 2015.

Chuvala was found guilty Tuesday of four counts of first-degree child sexual abuse, three counts of second-degree child sexual abuse, and other related charges. He also pled guilty to several sex offenses in Montgomery County and will be sentenced for those charges in February of this year.