MEXICO, Mo – A court hearing Monday morning continues the case of a Mexico, Missouri band director.

According to a probable cause statement, 43 year old Robert Cortez, was the subject of investigation after a 17-year-old student at Mexico High School reported being touched in a sexual manner by Cortez last September. Cortez pleaded not-guilty during an arraignment hearing.

A motion will be heard by the defendant today at 9 a.m. in Audrain County Court to exclude some evidence from being submitted by the prosecution.

Cortez is currently free on bond conditions.