A Cheyenne teacher charged with eight counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor has bonded out of jail.

Joe Meza was being held on a $100,000 cash bond, but Laramie County Circuit Court Judge Denise Nau reduced his bond to 10 percent of $100,000 during a hearing this (Thursday) afternoon.

The Johnson Junior High School math teacher also waived his right to a preliminary hearing, binding the case over to District Court.

Charging documents allege Meza sexually abused a girl between May 2014 and April of this year, when he was between 31 and 34 years old and she was between 14 and 17 years old.

The documents say Meza was the girl's running club advisor when the alleged abuse started and became the girl's legal guardian when she was between 15 and 16 years old.

Meza could face up to 400 years in prison if convicted on all eight counts. His arraignment date has yet to be scheduled.

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