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Rock Springs band teacher's prison sentence upheld

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld a 15-to-25-year prison sentence for a former Rock Springs High School band teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three female students.

In a ruling released Monday, the high court found that a lower court didn't err in how it considered the presentence testimony of two victims.

The two victims said their sex with Troy Thompson was consensual and he shouldn't go to prison. The other victim didn't testify.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1wrKoCV ) the school district fired Thompson in 2010, saying he was unable to follow school protocol regarding student relationships. The assaults began in 2008 and continued into 2012.

Thompson pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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