–—- By: Ann Costantino —–
Dr. S. Dallas Dance, former superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, has chosen to go to trial for charges stemming from last month’s indictment on four counts of perjury, according to deputy state prosecutor, Mike McDonough.
Dance was charged by a grand jury on Jan. 23 for failing to disclose a limited liability company and $147,000 in income – under penalty of perjury – on his financial disclosure forms.
The Feb. 12 arraignment has been called off and a trial date is set for 9:15 am on March 8 at the Circuit Court of Baltimore County.
An arraignment is a court proceeding whereby the accused is brought before the court, informed about the charges and asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Dance has, instead, set a trial date at which evidence will be presented and guilt, or lack thereof, will later be determined.
Dr. Dance has hired an attorney to represent him at the trial.
Although charged, Dr. Dance is presumed innocent unless and until there is a conviction.
- Count I alleges that Dance falsely reported income he received from SUPES Academy and Synesi Associates, $500 and $13,500, respectively.
- Count II alleges that Dance was paid up to $72,000 by his consulting firm, Deliberate Excellence Consulting, LLC, for services he provided to Synesi Associates, a sister company of SUPES Academy. Count II also alleges that, under oath, in 2016, Dance amended his 2013 Financial Disclosure Statement, stating that he did not earn income from any entity other than Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS).
- Count III alleges that Dance continued to own Deliberate Excellence Consulting, LLC and earned $12,000, yet reported under oath that he did not earn income that year.
- Count IV alleges that in August 2016, Dance amended his 2015 Financial Disclosure Filing, stating that he did not earn income through Deliberate Excellence Consulting. He earned $47,000 that year.
The full indictment can be viewed here.
This story will be updated.