Two dance teachers, one from Ohio and another from Pennsylvania, both have court dates later this month for charges concerning the sexual assault of at least one student.
24-year-old Carly Green of Aston, Pennsylvania, is being charged with statutory sexual assault and institutional sexual assault of a child after the child disclosed to his mother that he had sex with his dance teacher more than 50 times during the spring of 2018, and that the relationship had continued in 2019.
According to investigators, the mother became concerned when her son's grades suddenly dropped and he became depressed. She noticed that he had not only begun drinking alcohol, but also vaping. Eventually he revealed the ongoing abuse.
The teen's phone showed illicit messages from Green as well as images that had been exchanged.
“This is a sad case involving a teacher, as well as a family friend, abusing the trust placed in her by both the parent and the child. The defendant chose to exploit the relationship of trust built over several years by engaging in a sexual relationship with the victim, knowing full well both the age of the child, and the legal age of consent,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said.
The boy is said to have been a student at the dance studio since the age of 10.
Green turned herself in to authorities and then quickly posted $50,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear back in court on September 25.
Former Cleveland School of the Arts dance instructor Terence Greene, 54, has also been charged concerning sexual assault of dance students.
He is not a stranger to accusations. In 2003 a 14-year-old student claimed that he had been abused between 2002 and 2003. During a bench trial Common Pleas Court Judge Ann Mannen found Green not guilty of four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Greene was allowed to continue to teach at the Cleveland School of the Arts.
In 2014 seven former students came forward and accused him of sexual abuse. He was never charged for those allegations. Rather than being fired from the School of the Arts, he was allowed to resign and then hired by Tri-C Dance Academy in 2015.
July 23 he was initially charged with one count of sexual battery. Since then the indictment against Greene has grown and he is now facing a total of 74 felony charges including rape, kidnapping, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition for abusing nine of his teenage students.
Greene is also facing multiple counts of felonious assault according to Plain Dealer due to abusing the boys sexually after learning that he carried the virus that causes AIDS.
Five former students have filed suit against Greene and the Cleveland Board of Education in a federal lawsuit alleging that the district failed to take appropriate steps to protect them from abuse between 2008 and 2012.
Greene is scheduled to be in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on September 18.