Former Maui teacher gets 20 years for sex assault of student

WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former Maui band teacher was sentenced to a 20-year prison term on Friday for the sexual assault of a former student.

Jim Alan Balicanta, 40, was charged with 27 counts of sexual assault in the first degree and 25 counts of sexual assault in the third degree.

Balicanta was also a substitute teacher at Iao Intermediate School in Wailuku.

According the U.S. Marshal Service, the sexual assaults occurred over a three-year period beginning in the student's eighth grade year at Iao Intermediate School.

Balicanta has been behind bars since his arrest in April.

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