Former dance teacher denies sexually assaulting students, will face trial

By Sam Rigney
Updated April 27 2022 - 6:29am, first published 4:00am
Newcastle courthouse.

A FORMER Port Stephens dance studio teacher accused of sexually and indecently assaulting five girls, including four students, has pleaded not guilty and will face a trial in Newcastle District Court.



Sam Rigney

Court Reporter

Sam began his Newcastle Herald career as a night police reporter in 2011. He is an experienced court reporter who has won two national court reporting awards, including the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Court Reporting for his coverage of the Hunter's worst serial rapist. Before working at the Herald, Sam was a sports journalist with the Maitland Mercury where he won awards for his coverage of the Newcastle Rugby League salary cap scandal. Sam is a Novocastrian born-and-bred.

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