Mitchell teacher acquitted

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BRIDGEPORT, Neb. (AP) _ A 38-year-old Gering man facing five years in prison in a Scotts Bluff County child sex assault case has been found not guilty in a Morrill County case involving the same girl.

A Morrill County jury acquitted Richard Cobos last week after a two-day trial. He'd been charged with abusing the then 9-year-old girl in 2009.

In April he was convicted in Scotts Bluff County District Court of sexually assaulting the girl on several occasions between 2009 and 2012. Prosecutors say the girl was not a student in the Mitchell school district, where Cobos taught junior high math.

His Scotts Bluff County sentencing is scheduled for June 4.

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