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Pedophile dance teacher jailed for 18yrs

AAP logoAAP 21/10/2016 Rebekah Ison

Pedophile Sydney dance teacher Grant Davies thought he was "special" to the children he raped, sexually assaulted and exploited for child pornography over more than a decade.

The 42-year-old believed his victims were "in part responsible because they sent him sexual signals" in an "emotional connection" with him.

On Friday, two of the victims watched in court as their predator was led away to spend at least 18 years in jail for his crimes.

Judge Jennie Girdham told the Downing Centre District Court Davies had given the impression he thought the children were "in part responsible because they sent him sexual signals".

"I felt there was an emotional connection between me and them," the court heard he told the psychiatrist after being charged.

"I liked being special to them."

Women in the public gallery scoffed at the suggestion the children had played any role in the criminal contact, and an angry father approached the dock and said something inaudible as Davies was led away.

The 42-year-old, whose youngest victim was aged about nine, groomed and abused eight girls and one boy from his RG Dance studio between 2001 and 2013.

He asked them to wear G-strings to class, took explicit photos of them and sent them relentless sexual messages through text or MSN messenger.

In many cases the offences progressed to sexual acts during private lessons at Davies' home, on dance trips or in a car.

He bullied victims and demoted them in their dance groups if they ignored his advances.

One girl, who often stayed at Davies' house, was abused for years from the age of about 10, and came to think she was in a "secret relationship" with the married man.

In another case, Davies persuaded a mother to take and send explicit images of her daughters, who had dreams of becoming professional dancers.

He responded to the children's many images with videos and pictures of his own, and sent one of the girls a video of himself urinating.

Judge Girdham said Davies told one of the girls (known as GG) she was beautiful, she had an amazing body and he loved her.

"GG told police 'I didn't want to do the photos or videos for him but that's the only way I thought I would become a professional dancer'," Judge Girdham said.

Davies' offending was "predatory and persistent" and had continued despite a police investigation in 2007, she said..

He told a boy "you're such a virgin" as he raped him.

And he sent GG, whose mother was jailed in 2014, a message saying, "that felt so good" and "I wanted to touch you all over", after abusing her in a car.

The court heard an assessing psychiatrist has found Davies has a "strong attraction to children" with little ability to control his sexual urges.

Outside court Sydney dance teacher Dodie Wilson said there were still some dance figures grooming children.

She said Davies thought he was untouchable and "better than everybody else".

"He's sorry he got caught," Ms Wilson, who has been supporting victims, said.

"And, the reason he's not offending now is because he's in jail. Full stop," she said.

Davies was arrested in 2013 after his wife reported inappropriate messages to police. Last year he pleaded guilty over 28 child sex charges.

He will be eligible for parole in May 2031.

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