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Former Shreveport dance studio owners' plea deal avoids jail, sex offender registry

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The arrests made headlines. Former Shreveport dance studio owners, Gregg and Missy Hornbeak, were charged with six counts each of molestation of a juvenile in Aug. 2013. Bossier Parish authorities issued a press release and granted interviews. Police said they had confessions and photographic evidence. Investigators considered it an air-tight case.

When the Hornbeaks pleaded guilty in Bossier Parish court in May, they did so to a plea bargain that avoids jail time and sex offender registration and left few involved satisfied.

Missy Hornbeak pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Gregg Hornbeak agreed to two minor charges for drug and weapon-related offenses related to the police search of their home.

Defense attorney Peter Flowers has long-maintained that the evidence wasn't as strong as investigators let on and says the search for other victims turned up empty.

"The bottom line is, everybody waited to see if anybody would make similar complaints, and there weren't any," Flowers said.

Flowers says his clients struck a deal to avoid the spectacle of public testimony, although he is confident that the Hornbeaks would have won against the state's case.

"With the negative publicity that occurs from trials, three years from now nobody would remember if they are guilty or innocent," Flowers said. "The would just remember the charges."

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Speaking publicly for the first time since reporting the Hornbeaks, Heather Brown says she feels let down by the judicial system.

"This is the exact reason that victims don't come forward, and it really disturbs me," Brown said.

Brown says she doesn't understand why she was left out of the loop on the case's developments for more than a month.

"The victim has a right to be in court when defendants plead innocent or guilty and get sentenced," Brown said. "I was denied that right by the Bossier Parish District Attorney's Office."

Flowers says the plea deal allows each side to resolve "a bad situation."

"I salute the prosecutor's office for being so forthright about the case and the appropriate way they resolved it," Flowers said. "It showed a lot of integrity on their part."

The Hornbeaks are trying to move on with their lives and leave behind what Flowers calls a "bad chapter in their lives."

KTBS 3 News has left several messages over the past month about this and other cases but has not received a phone call in return.

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