A vocal coach in Montgomery County faces 25 years in prison after being convicted of child sex abuse.
A jury found 48-year-old Timothy Ballard guilty of abusing a former student, who was in the eighth grade at the time, at a home on Ramsdell Terracein Gaithersburg, where Ballard had a music studio in the basement.
Ballard took advantage of the 12-year-old boy multiple times in 2008, according to court documents. The victim’s parents were friends of Ballard, and the boy began taking lessons with him when he was 5.
Last year, the victim told authorities what happened in that basement studio. Ballard told the victim that he was bisexual and could help the victim figure out who he was, according to court documents. On at least two occasions Ballard inappropriately touched and performed a sex act on the 12-year-old.
"Mr. Ballard was a predator who took advantage of his position as a vocal instructor to sexually abuse a young boy,” said Ramon Korionoff, of the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Ballard told News4 he did not sexually abuse the boy.
The State’s Attorney’s Office asked for any other possible victims to come forward.
Sentencing is set for Dec. 5.