Ex-teacher found not guilty of child sex assault

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Accused of abusing a 7-year-old student at Blazier Elementary School in Southeast Austin, former teacher John Vasquez has been found not guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child. A jury, however, did find him guilty of indecency with a child by contact, which carries a punishment of two- to 20 years in prison. The law does not allow the jury to consider probation. Vasquez was also found guilty on one of two counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student, which also carries a punishment of two- to 20 years behind bars.

The sentencing phase begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday, which is when the prosecution is expected to present five witnesses. The defense is expected to have four- to five people testifying.

Police say Vasquez sexually assaulted the student several times between January and March 2011. A child development worker took the stand Wednesday morning to testify that the student complained to her about Vasquez’s assaults. The former teacher has maintained he is innocent.

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