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Former Dance Teacher Sentenced to Jail

Ed Higa Ed Higa
Daniel Jones Daniel Jones
Judge Virginia Crandall Judge Virginia Crandall
Defense Attorney Myron Takemoto Defense Attorney Myron Takemoto

By Beth Hillyer

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The courtroom was split down the middle. Supporters of the victim on one side, those backing Daniel Jones on the other.

Prosecutor Thalia Murphy asked for jail time. "He used stealth planning and deception. He poses a danger to the safety of every child in this community."

Defense Attorney Myron Takemoto says this case warrants probation only for the 22 year-old Jones, "Again this is two counts of one girl, one single incident."

His family spoke in his defense. Ed Higa defendant's father, "Daniel is not a predator nor pedaphile nor does he have a hidden agenda."

The victim and her family remain annonymous. they testified the incident destroyed the teenage victim's life, including her love of dance, her relationships and even her grades.

Judge Virginia Crandall, "This is a very serious offense, you were found guilty by a jury after trial of 2 counts of two counts of sex assault in the third degree."

Crandall sentenced Jones to five years probation and "To hold you accountable and to reflect upon the seriousness of your offense the court is imposing one year jail as a condition of that probation."

Jones took a minute to remove his possesions and say his goodbyes.

Deputy Sheriffs led Jones out of the courtroom. His one year jail term begins right now.

Outside court dance studio owner Rosalie Woodson commented, Within my heart, I can tell you he's not guilty." Also after the sentencing the prosecutor thanked the victim for her courage to testify.

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