Dance teacher banned from working with children

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A shamed Chorley dance teacher has been banned from working with children after admitting sex charges with a 14-year-old girl.

Magistrates imposed the ban at a sentencing hearing after Chris Freeman, 59, pleaded guilty to four charges of non-penetrative sexual activity with a youngster.

The former national dance champion was also given a three-year community order and will have to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for the next five years.

At his third court appearance, the magistrates heard new evidence from the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Reading her statement – which she gave by video link – Tim Heap, prosecuting, revealed how the married man had taken the youngster to his house in Evergreen Close, and also kissed her in isolated places, including at Rivington Pike and in quiet side streets.

The young girl said she had been upset when he first made a move on her, but the relationship continued and he touched her breasts and bottom.

He also bought her a mobile phone so he could text her, and he sent her messages telling her he ‘loved her’ and ‘missed her.’

On one occasion, the former owner of Dance Connections, previously in Friday Street, told her he wished she ‘was in his bed.’

Mr Heap said: “The position is that this defendant has entered guilty pleas to four offences of sexual touching. The pleas were entered on February 22, and his case was adjourned for pre-sentence reports.

“The victim of all four charges is the same little girl.”

For the full story, see this week’s Chorley Guardian.