A CORLETTE man charged with sexually abusing four dance students over six years will face court on Thursday.
Investigators established Strike Force Wairakei in March to investigate allegations of inappropriate behaviour by a dance teacher towards a number of students.
Their inquiries led them to arrest a 27-year-old man in Nelson Bay about 8.30am on Wednesday.
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He was taken to Raymond Terrace police station and charged with 12 offences, including three counts of aggravated indecent assault- victim under authority of offender, three counts of indecent assault person under 16 years of age, aggravated sex assault- victim under the age of 16 years, aggravated sex assault- victim under authority of offender, assault with act of indecency, common assault, sexual intercourse reckless as to consent (ACT not NSW) and sexual intercourse with person under care (aged between 17 and 18).
"Police will allege in court that the man, who is a dance teacher, sexually abused four students and a girl - aged between 12 and 17 - who were known to him between 2013 and 2019," NSW Police said in a statement.
The 27-year-old was refused bail and is due to face court on Thursday in Raymond Terrace.
Strike Force Waikarei inquiries continue. Anyone with information is urged to contact Port Stephens detectives or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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