Dance Teacher Accused of Sex Assault Back on Trial

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's round two in the case of an Oahu dance teacher accused of molesting two of his students. Attorneys from both sides delivered opening statements in the re-trial for Daniel Jones Wednesday.

The 22-year-old is charged with six counts of sex assault. Jones was an instructor at the Rosalie Woodson Dance Academy in Aiea.

Prosecutors say he tried to hypnotize the two girls, and then touched them inappropriately. But the defense says the accusers made inconsistent statements, and that police failed to conduct a thorough investigation.

"Someone who betrayed her trust. That person is the defendant in this case, Daniel Jones," Thalia Murphy, deputy prosecutor, said.

"You will hear no corroborating evidence by the state. There will be no physical evidence, no medical evidence," Myron Takemoto, defense attorney, said.

During his first trial, a jury acquitted Jones on 12 counts of sex assault. But the panel could not reach an agreement on six other charges.

The re-trial continues Thursday.