Ex-English National Ballet dancer convicted of sex crimes

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Ex-English National Ballet dancer convicted of sex crimes


A former English National Ballet principal dancer has been convicted of sexually assaulting young female dance students

LONDON — A former English National Ballet principal dancer was convicted Tuesday of sexually assaulting young female dance students.

The victims accused Chang of touching them inappropriately during massages at the schools. During the trial, Chang said he had “no idea” why the allegations were made against him, and said he hadn’t touched any of the complainants in an inappropriate or sexual way.

But 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 famed and trusted ballet teacher to groom and sexually assault teenage dancers under his training,” senior prosecutor Nahid Mannan said. “At 20 years their senior, Chang would have been well aware that his conduct was grossly inappropriate and predatory.”

He was remanded in custody to be sentenced on June 18.



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