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Ballet academy owners appear in court over alleged sex with 17-year-old student | Crime reports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The married owners and operators of a Louisville ballet academy have been arrested after police say they sexually abused a 17-year-old girl who was a student and employee there.

Police say the victim was a 17-year-old girl who worked at the Fleur-De-Lis Ballet Academy, located at the Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville. She was also a student there. Police say the studio is owned and operated by Declan McAuley, 54, and Ariadne McAuley, 35.

According to the arrest warrants, Declan McAuley and Ariadne McAuley engaged in sexual acts with the victim on at least seven occasions at their home in Crestwood. Police say Declan McAuley and Ariadne McAuley also had sex with each other in the presence of the victim.

The couple made their first appearance in Oldham County Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the abuse came to light when the victim was interviewed at the Kosair Child Advocacy Center.

When police confronted Declan McAuley over the alleged abuse, they reportedly found footage of the victim sleeping naked on his cellphone.

Declan and Ariadne McAuley were arrested on Tuesday and charged with first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree participation in an unlawful transaction with a minor. They are currently being held at Oldham County Detention Center. They are due back in court on June 20.

Police are asking any other potential victims of assault to come forward.

The Fleur-De-Lis Ballet Academy was originally listed as a provider on the City of Louisville Cultural Pass, a pass that granted children free access to several arts and cultural institutions in Louisville.

A statement sent by the Arts Fund on Wednesday said: “Fleur de Lis Dance Academy is no longer an approved venue for the 2018 Culture Pass. Culture Pass partners, venues and sponsors are committed to ensuring that students and their families are able to learn, play and explore art and culture in safe environments.

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