The 38-year-old owner of a dance school in Florida, USA, has been charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a minor after she was accused of having sex with a 15-year-old student.
The girl’s stepfather allegedly found Lauren Anne DeBenedetta, owner of Haven Dance, at home with the teenager he returned during the day to check on her, as she had stayed in sick.
DeBenedetta had reportedly brought soup over to the girl before going to the bedroom.
When the stepdad walked in, the married teacher was allegedly hiding next to the girl’s bed, naked.
According to NBC2 , the stepfather also allegedly found a phone DeBenedetta had purchased for the girl so the pair could secretly communicate.
The 15-year-old girl told police that she would get called into the dance school’s office by DeBendetta, who is also married, who would “kiss her on the mouth and touch her”.
The dance school was forced to close immediately, with many parents and students only finding out when they showed up to find a notice on the door.
"I never would have thought in a million years that’s why they would close Haven Dance down," Michelle Lippert, whose daughter attended lessons at the dance school, told NBC2.
"I was shocked. My daughter loves her. I would have never looked at her and thought she was capable of something like that."
Deputies have not said if there are any other victims, but have confirmed more charges could be filed.