Dance teacher charged in historic sexual assault case
Cheryl Thompson, 34, is seen in a Toronto Police Service handout photo.
Published Monday, September 28, 2015 7:05AM EDT
A Mississauga woman has been charged in connection with a sexual assault alleged to have happened between 2007 and 2008.
The accused, now 34, was working as a freelance dance instructor between September 2007 and March 2008, police said in a statement on Monday.
Police said the woman owned her own studio in the Woodbridge neighbourhood of Vaughan, known as "Studio 22." She was also teaching at the Vince Parrell Dance Studio, located at 276 Main St., just south of Danforth Avenue, in Toronto.
During the six-month period, police said the dance instructor befriended a 12-year-old girl who attended the Toronto studio. It is alleged that she sexually assaulted the girl.
As a result of an investigation, 34-year-old Cheryl Thompson has been charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation.
She is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, Nov. 5.
Police said Thompson is still working as a freelance dance instructor, and warned that they believe there may be more victims.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.
"We want to make sure that everyone has access to support services, regardless of their decision to proceed criminally," police said.