Grant Davies: Sydney dancing teacher sentenced for child pornography and sex abuse
Sydney dancing teacher Grant Davies has been sentenced to 24 years in jail for multiple child sex offences against nine victims, with the judge imposing a non-parole period of 18 years.
Davies pleaded guilty last year to child pornography and sexual abuse charges for crimes against former students from his now-defunct RG Dance studio in Sydney’s inner west.
On Friday, he looked directly at the judge as graphic details of his sexual abuse were read out.
Davies began sexually abusing one student when she was just 10 years old, with the abuse continuing for a number of years.
In sentencing Davies to a minimum of 18 years in jail, Judge Jennie Girdham said his crimes were made worse by the fact he was in a position of authority.
She described his behaviour as predatory and persistent.
‘Diverse acts’ perpetrated on boys and girls
Judge Girdham told the court that Davies’ offending covered “diverse acts with nine children” of both genders.
“The vast selection of sexual text messages, pornographic pictures and video material reveal the intensity and the extended duration of the offender’s activity with his victims,” she said.
“The offender started by sophisticated grooming of children, which over time escalated to sexual activity.”
The court heard that some of Davies’ victims avoided his advances and were reprimanded by him when they did.
The judge said of a victim: “She is frustrated that when she first had the courage to speak out about it, nearly no-one listened apart from her family and close friends, and many friends and parents in the dance world chose to turn a blind eye and not support her.
“As she ignored his advances, he ignored her during classes.”
Davies groomed students and their mothers
Former students from RG Dance gave victim impact statements during the sentencing hearing, with one student — now aged in her 20s — saying Davies was so trusted by her family he would come to dinner, even though he was regularly abusing her.
More of this news Source: Liv Casben and Clare Blumer – The ACB News
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