Former school dance instructor accused of sexual conduct with minor

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 21 at 2:08 PM

PHOENIX --  A former dance instructor at Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee is under arrest, accused of having a sexual relationship with a then-minor student.

26-year-old David Trujillo faces 15 counts of sexual conduct with a minor, and three counts of sexual abuse.

Trujillo was a volunteer dance instructor at the high school. On Wednesday, the parents of the now-adult alleged victim, contacted police after their son told them he had a sexual relationship with Trujillo while he was a student at the school.

The alleged victim was reportedly 16 when the encounters with his instructor reportedly began. The student had previously denied having an inappropriate relationship with Trujillo, even though he did say that they were friends. But the young man later admitted to their relationship, saying he denied it before because he was afraid he would get in trouble.

According to Phoenix Police documents, the alleged victim told police that Trujillo had told him not to tell anyone about their relationship.

The police report details several sexual encounters between Trujillo and the alleged victim, when the pair would visit local hotels together. Another incident reportedly happened at the dance studio where Trujillo was employed.

Trujillo was taken into custody at his home Wednesday. He was transported to Phoenix Police headquarters where detectives from the Crimes Against Children Unit of the department interviewed him.

Probable cause was developed, and Trujillo was booked into the Maricopa County Jail. His next court appearance is set for May 23.

Phoenix Police say Trujillo has been a dance and drama instructor at other schools in the valley, as well as at a private dance studio. Anyone who may have information concerning this case is encouraged to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602- 262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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