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Former Bedford Co. music instructor sentenced for indecent liberties with a minor

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BEDFORD COUNTY (WSLS 10) - A former Bedford County music and theater instructor was sentenced to six months in jail and five years supervised probation for two counts of indecent liberties with a minor student.

Luis Mendez was sentenced Tuesday.The judge initially sentenced him to five years for each count - 2 counts of indecent liberties with a minor - but suspended the sentence to six months.

Mendez, 42 at the time, was charged in December, 2014. The commonwealth's attorney said Mendez had a sexual relationship with a then-17-year-old student for about 8 years.

Mendez was the director of music and a producer at Stage221 in Forest.