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Dance studio owner indicted

2011-04-26T14:38:00Z 2011-04-27T23:11:38Z Dance studio owner indictedBy Don Lehman dlehman@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
April 26, 2011 2:38 pm  • 

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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  1. tweiner
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    tweiner - April 27, 2011 9:11 am
    There is no need to bash Tucker, I have known him for MANY years. And the one thing that I have learned from him, is that being a lawyer, is not about winning, it’s about getting your client the least penalty. The thing about defense lawyers is that they are paid to defend their client in any way that they can. We may not always agree with their tactics but the law is very difficult to predict, and you cant always anticipate what the law will do, he is a pro, let him do his job.
    I am not standing up for Mr. McGuire, anyone who prays on our children should get much worse than a little time in jail. The children that this jerk hurt will never be the same he has stolen their youth and their innocence. He should lose his business, his home and his freedom. Hopefully it will be for a VERY long time. Like I said the other day, if it were my kid, he would have a lot worse to worry about than going to jail!
  2. northq
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    northq - April 27, 2011 7:10 am
    megalyce made an excellent point..."It's time to stop making victims suffer.This is why so many sexual assaults go unreported".When I was a teenager I worked after school and on weekends for a local businessman in my small hometown.Another employee (a married man)would make suggestive remarks when we were alone,it progressed to groping and touching. When I made a comment that he could get into a lot of trouble if I reported him he said "nobody will believe you,I'll deny it...I'll tell everyone you made the story up".Being young and naive I believed him and decided to quit my job rather be subjected to his unwanted advances.I was embarrassed even though I'd done nothing wrong and felt there was nobody to confide in.I admire this young man for having the courage to pursue the matter despite all the negative aspects that will surface.
  3. incrediblywellinformed
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    incrediblywellinformed - April 26, 2011 11:18 pm
    Kids from troubled families are ideal prey for sex predators. Guess Tucker doesn't read up on these things or believe they happen.

    This is so typical of Tucker. You should see him when the victim is a young girl or a battered woman. He is even worse. They are all out to ruin his client, in his eyes.

    When this is said and done, Tucker will have shed three skins, tapped his client, and McGuire will end up in jail. Then, some other defense attorney will drain more money on a fruitless appeal.
  4. megalyce
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    megalyce - April 26, 2011 9:24 pm
    So, the lesson here is that if you come from a "troubled family" you deserve to be assaulted??! Unbelievable. Why would any other victims come forward if Stanclift is going to send a PI after them? It's time to stop making victims suffer. This is why so many sexual assaults go unreported. I urge those who have been hurt by this man to come forward so justice will be done.
  5. AdkWatcher
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    AdkWatcher - April 26, 2011 3:46 pm
    Would any evidence obtained by either side need to be shared with the other?

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