Sex case against teacher put on hold

Former ballet instructor convicted in 2 earlier trials

October 07, 2004|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

The state yesterday placed on indefinite hold the final sexual abuse case against a former Ellicott City ballet teacher who is serving a 12-year prison sentence after being convicted in the first two cases.

Senior Assistant State's Attorney Mary Murphy said it is in the best interest of the public and the victim not to prosecute Jose Anibal Macedo, 43, a third time after prevailing in the other cases.

The case will remain on the court's inactive docket unless one of the convictions is reversed, she said.

"The victim is certainly willing and ready to go forward if necessary," she said after a hearing in Carroll County Circuit Court, where the case was transferred because of pretrial publicity.

Macedo's lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Louis P. Willemin, said his client understands he is giving up his right to a speedy trial.

"I think it's a decision that makes sense," Willemin said. "I don't think there's any need to spend resources to try him again when he's already got 12 years."

Macedo, of the 1100 block of Taylor Ave. in Halethorpe, was arrested in December 2002 after three students separately accused him of sexually assaulting them during private lessons at Advance Dance Academy on Baltimore National Pike.

In the first case, Macedo was convicted of attempted rape and related charges. In the second case, he was found guilty of sexual child abuse and third-degree sexual offenses.

He was sentenced to six years in prison in both cases.

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