Jury Finds Dance Teacher Not Guilty

Daniel Jones is embraced by his father following Tuesday's verdict.
Daniel Jones is embraced by his father following Tuesday's verdict.

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Not guilty on some counts, a hung jury on the others. After more than a week of deliberations, the jury in the Daniel Jones sex assault trial throws in the towel. In the end, the former dance teacher is acquitted of 12 of the 18 charges against him.

Jones did not take the witness stand during his trial. His attorneys may have felt it was unnecessary, as they questioned the credibility of the five accusers.

After a marathon trial and eight grueling days of deliberations, the panel deciding the fate of Daniel Jones manages a partial verdict.

"We the jury in the case find the defendant not guilty," the court clerk read.

The defendant and his supporters break down in tears as 12 "not guilty" verdicts are read.

"We're pleased with the outcome, yet disappointed that they didn't reach unanimous verdicts on all counts," Myron Takemoto, defense attorney, said.

The 21-year-old was an instructor at the Rosalie Woodson Dance Academy in Aiea. Five female students testified he touched them inappropriately on separate occasions.

"This whole case has been devastating to Mr. Jones and his family," Takemoto said. "The allegations, again, they are hanging over his head and continues to hang over his head, will probably hang over his head for the rest of his life."

The jury of seven men and five women was deadlocked on six charges. When asked if further deliberations would help, the foreperson told the judge, "We tried our best."

The defendant embraces his father, who sat in the gallery every day of the trial. Prosecutors say they'll re-try Jones on the six remaining counts.

"We will be filing motions to dismiss those charges," Takemoto said.

Only two accusers are left in the six remaining counts. The second trial is scheduled to begin August 28th.