Ballet instructor, 41, on trial for sexually abusing teenage dancers
- Jonathan Barton, 41, is charged with ten offences in opposition to the women underneath 18
A ballet instructor at a prestigious dance college will go on trial immediately charged with a collection of sexual offences in opposition to 9 teenage pupils over a 15-year interval.
Jonathan Barton is charged with ten offences in opposition to the women after they had been aged underneath 18 and he was ready of belief as a instructor on the college whereas they had been college students.
The 41-year-old is charged with sexual exercise with one alleged sufferer when she was over 13 however underneath 16, and he’s additionally mentioned to have sexually assaulted her and 5 different women.
One cost alleges that he had intercourse and engaged in sexual exercise with one of many college students on varied events between 2004 and 2006 on the college, throughout a automotive journey and at a lodge.
He is alleged to have engaged in sexual exercise with one other after inviting her for personal dance classes and rubbing himself in opposition to her.
Jonathan Barton (pictured), 41, is charged with sexual exercise with one alleged sufferer when she was over 13 however underneath 16, and can be mentioned to have sexually assaulted her and 5 different women
Yesterday, a jury was sworn in at Dumbarton Sheriff Court forward of a trial anticipated to last as long as three weeks. Barton has denied all the costs, alleged to have taken place between 2004 and 2019.
These embody six counts of sexual assault, considered one of partaking in sexual exercise with a woman aged over 13 however underneath 16, considered one of partaking in sexual exercise with an under-18, and two of getting sexual activity and fascinating in sexual exercise with women aged underneath 18.
The cost involving the youthful lady particulars how he’s mentioned to have repeatedly dealt with her buttocks and positioned his fingers on her leg. He can be accused of sexually assaulting the teen by touching her.
The 5 different sexual assault expenses embody allegations that he repeatedly touched one younger girl’s physique, stroked her legs and moved her pelvis.
The instructor is alleged to have repeatedly touched one teenager’s inside thigh and stood behind one other so his physique touched hers.
Another of the women has mentioned that he stroked her face and neck and commented on her look.
He can be accused of repeatedly kneeling in entrance of 1 younger girl and pulling her in direction of his face.