Macedo trials rescheduled for spring

Dance teacher faces 2 sexual assault cases

December 09, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The two remaining sexual assault cases against Ellicott City ballet instructor Jose Anibal Macedo were rescheduled yesterday for springtime trials.

The cases, which involve separate allegations that the 42-year-old teacher sexually abused two young students during private lessons at his Advance Dance Academy studio, had been scheduled for trial this fall.

But Macedo's decision to fire his original lawyers and a judge's recusal from the cases pushed back the trial dates.

Macedo, of the 1100 block of Taylor Ave. in Halethorpe, has been convicted of attempted rape and related charges and was sentenced to six years in prison in another case involving a dance student.

The remaining trials will be heard by Howard Circuit Judge James B. Dudley, who was assigned both cases after Judge Dennis M. Sweeney recused himself at the defense's request.

In his decision, Sweeney, who presided over the first trial, said that while he believed he could be fair, his presence might affect whether Macedo decided to ask a jury or a judge to decide his guilt or innocence.

Baltimore lawyer Thomas P. Bernier will represent Macedo in one of the remaining cases, which involves allegations that the instructor sexually assaulted a pre-teen pupil during lessons.

Macedo is charged with child abuse and three counts of third-degree sexual offense in that case, which is scheduled for April 19.

The third case, which involves allegations that Macedo sexually touched a teen-age student, is scheduled May 24. Macedo is charged with child abuse and two counts of fourth-degree sexual offense in that case.

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