Former High School Band Teacher Suing School District

A former teacher with Mexico Public Schools is filing a lawsuit alleging he was wrongfully terminated after being accused of misconduct.

Robert Cortez is charged with 2 counts of sexual contact with a student by a teacher in Audrain County, but has not been convicted of the crime.

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Court documents indicate Cortez was terminated on February 2nd, and made a timely appeal.

The board made a final decision on March 23.

The petition filed by Cortez’s attorney, David Moen, says the decision was based on hearsay evidence that was inadmissible.

The lawsuit is alleging the board unlawfully terminated Cortez against Missouri Statutes and the Missouri Constitution, and was in excess of the authority of the board.

Cortez is seeking a reversal of the decision and attorney fees.

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