How Lauren Debenedetta a Florida based dance teacher of Haven Dance came to sexually abuse a 15 year old student. Maintained secret love affair.
Lauren Debenedetta a married Florida dance teacher has been arrested after allegedly having a sexual relationship with one of her underage female students.
The woman’s arrest comes after the child’s stepfather walked in his step-daughter’s bedroom on December 19 only to find Debenedetta and his 15 year old step-daughter undressed, with the teacher hiding behind the girl’s bed.
At the time, the teacher had come to see the girl on the pretense of buying her a chicken soup for an ailing cold only to be caught by the father who arrived to check up on his daughter.
According to winknews, Lauren Anne Debenedetta, of Haven Dance Studio, was on Monday charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a minor.
Never mind what the charges would have probably been had Debenedetta been a male.
Upon police interviews, the teen explained she and her dance instructor having an ongoing series of rendezvous that involved ‘kissing and other sexual acts’ both in her home and outside the home.
In one instance the teen told of Debenedetta motioning the girl to her office. It was there that according to NBC 2 that the teacher kissed the student on the mouth and touched her.
Debenedetta had also purchased her student a cellphone with which they communicated romantic messages back and forth.
A report via WWSB told of police finding a variety of messages including one series which involved the dance instructor and the teen student exchanging, ‘I love you!’ and ‘I love you too!’ on their phones.
Yes kids, I’m gushing too, except for the criminal and scandalous nature of the budding love affair.
In the aftermath of the ‘intervention’, Haven Dance Studio owner Ted Fields, Debenedetta’s husband – emailed students and families, saying: ‘It is with a heavy heart that I announce Haven Dance will be closed immediately.’
The closure of the studio comes after a Debenedetta, a NYU graduate and former professional dancer from New York moved to Florida to open her own dance studio in 2013, where the woman extolled (see interview below) a rigorous professional attitude towards the art form of dance. Indeed.
Upon her arrest on Monday, Debenedetta posted bail where she now awaits her next court appearance.