ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A dance teacher who appeared on Lifetime’s “Dance Mothers” is accused of sexually abusing ladies at an Orlando dance studio.
Kevin Cosculluela, 25, pleaded not responsible following his arrest in December on expenses of sexual exercise with a 16- or 17-year-old baby, solicitation of a minor, lewd or lascivious conduct and unlawful use of a communication system, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
He has additionally been fired from his job at Peaches Dance and Music Orlando, the newspaper reported.
The costs adopted an investigation by Winter Backyard police, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies and the Division of Youngsters and Households, which uncovered accusations of manipulation and sexual battery by two teenage ladies who took classes with Cosculluela.
One pupil instructed investigators that she idolized Cosculluela and had thought of him well-known and vital due to his appearances on the truth tv present about dance youngsters, their mothers and their studio.
The investigation discovered that Cosculluela usually took college students to lunch, watched films with them and celebrated their birthdays, a police report mentioned. He additionally related with college students over social media, the report added.
The report mentioned Cosculluela requested a number of the ladies for nude photographs and twerking movies. One lady instructed investigators he may very well be scary at occasions if you happen to didn’t do what he requested. She defined that he would yell, curse and ignore her for days, and threaten to halt his classes along with her.
He would additionally ship messages that he cherished her, the lady instructed investigators.
In response to the arrest report, Cosculluela introduced one lady to his dwelling in early December and compelled her to carry out a intercourse act on him. He then drove her again to the studio and instructed her to “erase this out of your reminiscence and don’t inform anybody,” the report mentioned.
The teenager confided in one other dancer on the studio, who mentioned she’d had comparable encounters with the trainer, the report mentioned. The second teen instructed investigators she went to Cosculluela’s house on about 10 totally different events, including that she trusted him and he took benefit of that, the report mentioned.
“They put him on a pedestal, so that they had been prepared to take no matter he did so they may preserve him of their lives,” detective Bethany Rising wrote in Cosculluela’s arrest warrant.
Investigators spoke to an worker on the dance studio who can be a buddy of Cosculluela. He instructed them he didn’t see any inappropriate habits between the trainer and his college students, the report mentioned. He thought Cosculluela was a ”very nurturing instructor,” the report mentioned.
Court docket information confirmed that the studio notified mother and father in late December that Cosculluela had been fired for inappropriate habits, the Sentinel reported.
Cosculluela’s subsequent listening to is scheduled for Could 5. His lawyer declined remark to the newspaper on Wednesday.
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