Teacher indicted in sex cases

Three female students say their dance instructor assaulted, fondled them

January 16, 2003|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

An Ellicott City dance instructor accused of sexually assaulting three of his students during private, unsupervised dance lessons was indicted yesterday on 15 charges stemming from the girls' allegations.

A Howard County grand jury returned three indictments -- one relating to each girl -- against Jose Anibal Macedo, 41, on charges including attempted rape, child abuse and sexual assault.

Macedo, of the 1100 block of Taylor Ave. in Halethorpe, has been on home detention since posting $30,000 bond late last month and has returned to teaching. A well-regarded instructor who owns and operates Advance Dance Academy in the 9300 block of Baltimore National Pike, Macedo is accused of trying to rape a girl, now 15, before her lesson and forcing her to have oral sex with him during a two-year period.

The other two girls, now 14 and 17, told investigators that Macedo fondled them.

The abuse allegations span two months for the younger girl and nearly a year and a half for the older teen-ager.

Police have said that each girl approached investigators independent of the others -- the first reporting her allegations in February, the second in June and the third Dec. 10.

The most serious of the charges, attempted second-degree rape, carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Yesterday, Samuel J. Brown, one of Macedo's Annapolis-based attorneys, said he has been receiving "unsolicited" e-mails and phone calls from parents of Macedo's current and former students. Some offered support and others provided "information," he said. Brown would not elaborate on the latter.

He said he expects his client will be cleared once "all of the facts come out."

Support for Macedo, which includes a 21-signature petition from parents, has been "outstanding," Brown said.

"A lot of people are concerned about him because when someone is accused, he's considered guilty by the world, and it doesn't matter what the facts are," he said. Macedo has "a reputation that's taken 20 years to create and only five minutes to destroy."

Brown said his client has returned to teaching since his release from the Howard County Detention Center, but he is abiding by a District Court's judge's order that he not have any unsupervised contact with minors.

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