A Maui man was arrested Friday morning on multiple sexual assault charges after he allegedly had a three-year sexual relationship with a student that began when the girl was in the eighth grade.
Agents from the U.S. Marshal Service arrested 40-year-old Jim Alan Balicanta at approximately 7:50 a.m. at 85 Kapi Lane in Wailuku. He is charged with 27 counts of sexual assault in the first degree and 25 counts of sexual assault in the third degree.
Balicanta was reportedly a band teacher at Iao Intermediate School in Wailuku. He is currently classified as a former Department of Education substitute teacher, and has not been employed by the D.O.E. since January 2012. It is uncertain at this time whether Balicanta quit or was fired.
According the U.S. Marshal Service, the sexual assaults occurred over a 3 year period beginning in the student's eighth grade year at Iao Intermediate School. The juvenile victim came forward this January with the allegations.
Balicanta is being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center on a $750,000 bail.
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