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Former dance studio owners accused of molestation share their side of the story

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Gregg and Missy Hornbeak say they were blind-sided when Bossier Parish Sheriff's deputies showed up at their Benton home's front door Aug. 23.

A former student came to Bossier Parish investigators earlier this year to say that the husband and wife had molested her from the ages of 10 to 17 while she was a student at Missy's Shreveport studio, The Dance Shop.

The couple is now charged with six counts each of molestation of a juvenile, as well as drug and firearms charges resulting from a search of their home.

The Hornbeaks recently sat down with KTBS 3 News to explain their side of the story.

Missy says she taught the 28-year-old now behind the charges for decades at her studio, but the two lost touch in 2005 when the woman moved to south Louisiana.

Because the charges are so serious, their attorney, Peter Flowers, spoke on camera on Hornbeaks' behalf.

"I'm sure the police believed that when they announced that these people confessed, people would come out of the woodwork and join in [the case]," Flowers says. "Frankly, that didn't happen and that's not going to happen. The reason that's not going to happen is because they're not guilty."

Flowers says not only did his clients not confess, investigators never even interviewed Gregg Hornbeak.

He says a recent bond reduction- from $606,000 each to a combined $15,000- may reflect the district attorney office's softening stance on the Hornbeaks' case.

In the original report, BPSO spokesperson Bill Davis told KTBS 3 News, "When our detectives interviewed them about the allegations by the victim, they said that at least six times they did engage in sexual acts with her as a teenager."

Davis stands behind the Sept. 4 statement, adding that six offenses is a conservative number. He says there are more women confirming a sexual relationship with the Hornbeaks, but they were all adults at the time and are not named in the case.

Flowers says in the end, his clients will be cleared of any wrong-doing but repairing their reputation will be much harder.

"When you say to all these people, 'these people have confessed,' it's hard to unring that bell" Flowers says. "That damage is done."

While Flowers denies the confessions ever took place, there's another key piece of evidence in the case.

Investigators found two topless photos of the victim in the Hornbeaks' home. Flowers says the woman's age will be contested. He says she is over the age of consent in the photographs, but investigators will say she's underage.

Flowers also says in child molestation cases it's unusual for police to recover only two photographs of suspected child pornography.

The Hornbeaks are due in court again Nov. 5.

Original Story: Former dance studio owners accused of molestation of a dance student

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