LONDON (AP) – A former English National Ballet dancer was convicted of sexually assaulting young dance students on Tuesday.
Yat-Sen Chang, 49, was convicted of 12 sexual assaults and one “penetration by penetration”. The offenses took place at the English National Ballet and Young Dancers Academy in London from 2009 to 2016 and involved four teenagers who were between 16 and 18 years old at the time.
The victims accused Chang of inappropriately touching her during the massages in the schools. During the trial, Chang said he had “no idea” why the allegations were made against him and that he had not touched any of the applicants in an inappropriate or sexual manner.
However, prosecutors described Chang as an internationally renowned ballet dancer who used his position to commit sexual offenses against young students he taught.
“Yat-Sen Chang used his position as a famous and trusted ballet teacher to groom and sexually assault teenage dancers during his training,” said Attorney General Mannid. “By the age of 20, Chang would have known that his behavior was grossly inappropriate and predatory.”
The jury condemned Chang, who was born in Cuba and now lives in the German port city of Kiel, after 13 hours of deliberations.
He was taken into custody to be sentenced on June 18.
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