QUEENSBURY -- A Warren County grand jury has indicted a local dance school teacher on charges that accuse him of repeatedly sexually abusing a student and prosecutors said they have heard from four other men who claim they were victimized by him as children as well.
Timothy M. McGuire, 49, is scheduled to be arraigned at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Warren County Court on charges of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
The indictment alleges he repeatedly had sexual contact with the boy between January 1998 and April 2005, when he was between the ages of 6 and 12.
While the indictment includes three criminal charges, Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan said police have heard from four other men who claim that McGuire had sexual contact them when they were children, dating back to the 1980s.
At least three were students of his Glens Falls dance studio, Tim McGuire Dance Centre, officials said. He has been in business in the area for more than three decades.
The claims are too old to be prosecuted under state law, but will be used as evidence against McGuire under state law, Hogan said.
Glens Falls Police Detective Sgt. Peter Casertino said his office has heard from a number of men who claim they were abused by McGuire as children, though it was unclear whether they were all students of his business. Police plan to interview them in the coming days.
McGuire is free on bail pending arraignment. He could face up to 7 years in state prison if found guilty of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child.
His lawyer, Tucker Stanclift, said McGuire will plead not guilty and “adamantly denies” the allegations.
He said the accuser for which his client was charged comes from a “troubled family.”
“I don’t know what the motivation is,” Stanclift said.
McGuire’s dance center remains open
“Certainly it is difficult for anyone in this sort of situation to defend himself and protect his reputation,” Stanclift said. “He’s had an excellent reputation for all of his years in business.”
Stanclift said his firm has hired a private investigator to look into the allegations. Anyone with information in the case was asked to call Stanclift’s office at 745-4343.
State Police and Glens Falls Police asked that anyone with information in the case call them at 583-7000 or 761-3840.
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