Cheyenne, Wyo. (KGWN) - A trial for former teacher, Joseph Meza, is officially underway. He has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a young girl.
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The alleged abuse happened between May 2014 and April 2017, when she was between 14 and 17 years old.
If convicted, Meza faces a maximum of 50 years in prison for each count.
This trial is expected to run through about Friday; however, a verdict may not be reached by then. In court, Prosecutor Sandburg said that the girl was having sexual relations with Meza, but wanted a way out. Not seeing one, she attempted suicide in September of 2016.
Sandburg went on to say that the girl expressed she was scared and was persuaded to go to the police.
On the other hand, the defense claims that there were never any sexual relations between Meza and the minor.