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Dance Teacher Convicted of Sexual Abuse Gets New Trial

By Kerry Longobucco.
Samantha Stone, 36, of Waverly was convicted of sexually abusing a child under the age of 13 two years ago. But court documents show the decision to throw out the conviction was largely based on how long it took the victim to come forward with the allegations.

The abuse allegedly included several sexual encounters with girl over the course of five years. But the victim didn't speak out until 2011 -- four years after the abuse was said to have taken place, and two years after the girl last interacted with Stone. The prosecution argued that the delay was due to a threat made by stone, and psychological trauma suffered by the victim.

The court decided there was no adequate explanation for the delay, and also decided statements made by the victim's stepmother and grandmother should have been considered hearsay, and not allowed as testimony.

Stone was previously sentenced to 12 years to life behind bars. But Monday, Judge Joseph Cawley decided to release Stone from Broome County Jail on $100,000 dollars bail, or with no bail if she agrees to wear a monitoring device.

A new trial date hasn't yet been scheduled.

Stone formerly taught at Studio J in Waverly and Dance Warehouse in Taylor, PA. She previously owned Creative Dance Elements in Endicott.