A ballet teacher at a dance school in Scotland will go on trial today with a series of sexual offenses against nine teenage students over a 15-year period.
The ballet teacher, Jonathan Barton, was charged with ten offenses against the girls when they were under 18 years old, and was believed to have been a teacher at the school when they were students.
The “41-year-old” has also been accused of having sex with one victim brought in when she was 13 but under 16, and is said to have sexually assaulted her and five other girls.
One charge says he had sex and was sexually active with one of the students on various occasions between 2004 and 2006 at school, on a car trip and at a hotel.
It is said that he came to spend time with someone else, inviting her to private lessons and rubbing himself against her.
A jury was sworn in at Dumbarton Sheriff Court yesterday before a trial expected to last up to three weeks. Barton has denied all the charges, which occurred between 2004 and 2019.
These include six counts of sexual intercourse, one of sexual intercourse with a girl over 13 but under 16, one of intercourse with an 18-year-old, and two of intercourse and intercourse with older girls. fub 18
The charge against each of the younger girls is said to be how he often handled her hips and placed his hands on her legs. He is also accused of sexually assaulting a minor by touching her.
The five other sexual accusations include allegations that he repeatedly touched the body of one of the girls, stroked her legs and moved her pelvis.
The teacher allegedly repeatedly touched one teenager’s inner thigh and stood behind the other to touch his body.
Another of the girls said he stroked her face and neck and commented on her appearance.
He is also accused of repeatedly bending his knees in front of one of the girls, and reaching towards her face.