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Former NLV music teacher sentenced for lewdness

Posted at 3:51 PM, Dec 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-09 18:51:26-05

The North Las Vegas teacher convicted of lewdness with a minor under 14 learned his fate on Wednesday.

Jeremiah Mazo, who was a music teacher at Hayden Elementary School, was sentenced to three consecutive terms of 5 to 20 years. 

Mazo was arrested in April 2015 after an 8-year-old girl accused him of molesting her on multiple occasions. He agreed to a plea deal. 

Several parents spoke to the judge Wednesday. Fighting back tears, one victim's parent said, "she blamed herself when this happened and that is so difficult to take as a mother."

Even though Mazo apologized, his attorney tried to explain away some of what he did, saying in Filipino culture touching a child's bottom is a way to say good job.

The judge got more than 90 letters saying good things about Mazo, even some from students. 

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