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Ex-violin teacher accused of fondling student is jailed for four years after plea deal

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A former violin teacher from Columbus, Georgia, has been sentenced to four years in prison, reports the Opelika-Auburn News. Mario Urbina, 46, was accused of fondling a female student in 2010, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of interference with custody, as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors.

The interference charge states that it is illegal to take a child younger than 18 from the custody of their parents or lawful guardian. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed not to try Urbina on charges of sexual abuse of a child and enticement if the plea and sentence are carried out.

Urbina’s lawyer and the Lee County District Attorney said that the deal was reached after consulting with the student and her family.