Grant Davies: The RG dance co-founder is accused of sexually assaulting, grooming and taking naked photographs of students.
A woman has been charged with producing and distributing child abuse material involving her two daughters, who were taught by a Sydney dance teacher accused of sexually assaulting his students.
The woman was charged at Burwood police station on Wednesday by detectives attached to Strike Force Pastone. The strike force was set up to investigate claims of sexual and indecent assaults and grooming of students from RG Dance at Chiswick, in Sydney's inner west.
RG dance co-founder Grant Davies was arrested in May and is facing 47 charges. He is accused of sexually assaulting, grooming and taking naked photographs of students for more than a decade.
Police said the 42-year-old woman has been charged with two counts of use child under 14 for the production of child abuse material and disseminate child abuse material. It will be alleged that the woman took inappropriate photos of her two daughters, who were under 14 and students at the dance school, and gave them to another person. She was due to appear in Burwood Local Court on Wednesday.
RG Dance closed its doors in May after Fairfax Media revealed Mr Davies had been producing child abuse material by taking "hundreds of photographs" of children at the dance studios, and grooming two girls aged under 16. The revelations led a number of parents to withdraw their children from the school, with Davies' sister and co-founder Rebecca Davies saying the business was no longer viable.
Mr Davies was arrested at a North Strathfield bowling alley on May 17 and charged with four offences. His arrest came after his wife, Lisa Ricketts, allegedly found inappropriate messages her husband sent to a girl, copied the messages onto a thumb drive and took it and his laptop to police. A further 43 charges have been laid against Mr Davies.
Police allege Mr Davies, who went on trips with students and befriended many on social media websites, took photos of girls over a
nine-year period. Some of the girls he photographed are estimated by police to be as young as six. Thousands of images of child pornography were found, court documents allege.
Mr Davies, who helped train performers for lead roles in productions such as Billy Elliot and The Lion King, stopped teaching at the school a month before he was charged. In a note to parents and students he said he was going through some "personal problems". Parents became aware of the reason he resigned only after he was charged.
Strike Force Patstone detectives are continuing their investigation.
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