A DANCE teacher who romped with her female pupil has been jailed for 26 years after she was caught naked in bed with the victim.
Lauren Debenedetta, 41, had a sexual relationship with the teenage girl for several weeks at Haven Dance Studio, Florida in 2016.
The girl’s dad caught them in the act in her bedroom as he was checking up on her because she stayed home for a sick day.
Court documents showed Debenedetta called the pupil after learning she was staying home for the day, asking if she could come over.
She told police the relationship started as soon as she started classes at the studio.
Charlotte County Court heard Debenedetta would call the teen into her office during class, and would “kiss her on her mouth” and “touch her private parts”.
It was then revealed Debenedetta gave the student a phone so they could privately exchange messages.
The girl told officers they performed sex acts at her house, Debenedetta’s house and the dance studio.
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She has been found guilty on four counts of lewd or lascivious molestation, one count of lewd lascivious conduct and another count of lewd or lascivious battery.
After serving her time, Debenedetta will be on sex offender probation for five years.
Debenedetta founded the studio back in 2013. It was shut down shortly after her arrest.
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