Dance teacher gets 6 years in sex abuse

October 21, 2003|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

An Ellicott City ballet teacher convicted of sexually abusing a young student during two years of private lessons was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison.

Hobbled by injuries from a serious accident that forced the postponement of his sentencing Thursday, Jose Anibal Macedo stared at the trial table as Howard Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney imposed a 20-year sentence with all but six years suspended.

Sweeney said he recognized the strong support Macedo, 42, enjoys in the community - 10 to 15 parents and students have attended every hearing - but said he could not ignore the fact that the Halethorpe resident had been convicted of "very serious and disturbing criminal offenses."

"There's no question that these repeated criminal acts will have a devastating impact on the victim in this case and will persist for some time to come," Sweeney said. Sweeney also imposed five years of probation and ordered Macedo to register as a sexual offender.

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