Dance Teacher Found Guilty of Statutory Rape
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 67-year-old St. Louis dance instructor faces up to 20 years in prison after his conviction for statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl.
KMOV-TV reports that a St. Louis jury found Torris Caston guilty on Thursday after a four-day trial. The teen was a ballet student at Caston's Webster Groves dance studio. Police say the crime happened between 2004 and 2005. Prosecutors say the victim first met Caston as a sixth-grader at the McKinley Classical Leadership Academy, where he also taught.
Caston has separate charges pending against him for allegedly physically assaulting a woman at a chapel on the Saint Louis University campus. He also faces assault charges in St. Louis County related to the former dance student.