A former English National Ballet principal dancer was found guilty of 12 counts of sexual assault

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Yat-Sen Chang, 49, a former English National Ballet principal dancer has been found guilty of sexually assaulting his teenage students. He was convicted on Tuesday at London’s Isleworth Crown Court of 12 counts of sexual assault and one count of assault by penetration. Chang assaulted four women, aged between 16 and 18 at the time, through inappropriate massages as he worked as part of the English National Ballet and Young Dancers Academy, between December 2009 and February 2016. He is Cuban and lives in the German city of Kiel. Victims of sexual offences in the UK receive lifelong anonymity from the moment they make an allegation. Yat-Sen Chang used his position as a famed and trusted ballet teacher to groom and sexually assault teenage dancers under his training,” Nahid Mannan, from the CPS, said. During the trial, Chang said he had “no idea” why the allegations were made against him.

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Chang had claimed that, while he advised students to get massages or to stretch to help with tight calves, he didn’t offer to massage students himself, and had only touched students to correct posture during lessons. Judge Edward Connell told Chang his offending “escalated in seriousness” and said the dancer faces a “lengthy custodial .” “The story of this case is sadly often heard – it is a man with power and prestige using them to abuse younger women,” prosecutor Joel Smith said. The jury convicted Chang after 13 hours of deliberations. He remained in custody to be sentenced at the same court on June 18.