AUBURN — A federal appeals court has rejected the appeal of a former Auburn music teacher convicted of inappropriately touching a young girl.

James Raymond Jr. was convicted in 2010 of two felony counts of transporting a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity and sentenced to 12 years on prison. Authorities say he drove the 11-year-old girl and her 9-year-old sister to a New Hampshire amusement park in 2007 and touched the older girl for sexual gratification.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Thursday rejected his appeal.

The 31-year-old Raymond’s lawyer said in the appeal that, among other things, the trial judge improperly admitted evidence and didn’t allow proper cross-examination of a police investigator.

The Sun Journal reports that the appeals court rejected those arguments.


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