Gulf Coast High School English teacher Chad Furman testifies Tuesday that in February and March, the alleged victime frequently asked to leave class early to practice music. Furman was a state witness in the trial for Robert Hamberg, the former band director at Gulf Coast High School, who is charged with eight felony counts of lewd or lascivious battery of a minor. If convicted of any of the eight counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Lexey Swall/Staff

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Gulf Coast High School English teacher Chad Furman testifies Tuesday that in February and March, the alleged victime frequently asked to leave class early to practice music. Furman was a state witness in the trial for Robert Hamberg, the former band director at Gulf Coast High School, who is charged with eight felony counts of lewd or lascivious battery of a minor. If convicted of any of the eight counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Lexey Swall/Staff

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