Ex-religious school teacher in Texas gets 80 years

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WACO, Texas (AP) — A former Waco Baptist Academy teacher has been sentenced to 80 years in prison after being convicted of molesting two students during piano lessons.

Sergio David Bezerra received the maximum penalty Tuesday a day after being convicted of four counts of indecency with a child by contact.

Prosecutors in Waco say Bezerra improperly touched two 9-year-old girls while giving them piano lessons in 2007.

The 54-year-old Bezerra sought probation.

He was sentenced to four prison terms of 20 years, to be served consecutively. Bezerra must serve 40 years before being eligible for parole.

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