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Jul 29, 2013 3:49 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Taft Band Teacher Behind Bars, Father of Victim Speaks Out

SINTON -- The former Taft High School band director who was caught in a motel room with a student is heading to jail. Roy Hinojosa pleaded guilty in May to charges of having an improper relationship with a student.

Monday, Hinojosa was sentenced to 90 days in jail. After he serves his jail sentence, he will serve 10 years probation. A judge ordered him to stay one-thousand feet away from any and all public and private schools.

Police arrested Hinojosa last November, after he was caught in a motel room with the girl. He later admitted to having a sexual relationship with the 17-year-old.

Meanwhile, the girl's father, Ben Galvan, tells six news he doesn't believe the relationship between Hinojosa and his daughter is over.

Hinojosa had no comment on the improper relationship charges while on his way to jail but Galvan says Hinojosa has continued to contact her and even bought her a cell phone.

"It's a way to contact her, it's his way to coach her, he tried coaching her til this day not to testify against him," Galvan said.

Galvan says probation isn't a harsh enough punishment. However, if Hinojosa violates any of his probation conditions, he will go straight to prison without question.

"He sat up there and lied straight to the face of a Judge, of course he's going to continue to try and contact my daughter and you know I hope he does, like before I will find out, I will catch it and hopefully he will be sitting in prison for the rest of his life," Galvan added.

Galvan says his daughter was brainwashed by Hinojosa, a person who a student should be able to trust.

"We teach our kids to confide in, to trust...for the matter this man took advantage of her and treated her like a dirty nothing," Galvan said.

In Monday's hearing, a Del Mar College professor and the Calallen band director were called on behalf of Hinojosa, to testify before the court about what kind of person he is. They both told the court he's a great man, he just simply had a lapse in judgement. Galvan couldn't believe anyone was stood up to show support for him.

"What would you do if Roy was having a sexual affair with your daughter, would you be in court speaking for him saying he's a decent person," Galvan wondered.

At the end of the day, Galvan is just glad Hinojosa is in jail and hopes his daughter can get back to her life and stay on track with education.

"As her family we're standing behind her no matter what," Galvan said.

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