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Former band director convicted of sexually assaulting student, gets 5 years

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A jury today convicted Carl Mouton, a former band director at Maumelle High School, of two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a student.

The jury deliberated a little more than an hour. They were given a break for lunch and will return at 1:15 p.m. to consider punishment, a court spokesman said.

UPDATE: After some additional testimony, the jury began considering punishment at 1:28 p.m. and at 2:13 came back with a sentence of five years in prison on one count and a $10,000 fine on the other.  The first related to touching her breast and the other to touching her buttocks.

Mouton's lawyer, Jeff Rosenzweig, said the verdict would be appealed. He said one issue would be the judge's refusal to allow evidence the defense had tried to submit. about what the court docket says is "other sexual conduct."  The jury heard nothing related to that.

The victim said Mouton molested her in the band room from the time she was 14 until she was 16, when word leaked out through a friend and authorities stepped in. She graduated last year. She testified against Mouton Wednesday. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette account quoted her as saying she had affection for Mouton and thought they had a sort of relationship, though she knew his actions weren't normal. She said she hadn't initially wanted to come forward, but was glad now that she had. She said he'd grabbed her buttocks and on one occasion pulled down her shirt and kissed her breasts.

Mouton testified in his defense today. He denied improper contact. According to an account by Arkansas Online, he said the girl would frequently try to "ambush" him with hugs, which he tried to avoid. He contended the student was put up to the allegations by a band booster parent with whom he'd feuded. She disputed that in earlier testimony.

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