The instructor, 29-year-old Ross McCord, of Brentwood, has been indicted on four counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, four counts of aggravated statutory rape, solicitation of sexual exploitation by a minor and exploitation of a minor by electronic means.
According to Franklin police, McCord was an instructor at DC Dance Factory and has taught teen dance classes for 10 years. His decade as an instructor is part of the reason detectives are concerned there may be other victims.
In a statement released to USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee by an attorney for DC Dance Factory, the studio reported it “immediately took the necessary step of severing all ties” with McCord after learning from the Franklin Police Department several weeks ago about the allegations.
Parents approached police about McCord’s involvement with their daughter
Franklin police began investigating McCord Oct. 23 after the girl’s parents “came forward with disturbing information regarding McCord and their daughter,” according to a news release.
The studio then met with dance families to inform them of law enforcement’s investigation into McCord and that he had been fired.
“We cannot begin to express the depth of our sorrow and heartache regarding this situation,” the studio said in its statement. “For 25 years, DC Dance has been a positive and uplifting force in the lives of hundreds of dance students. The DC Dance community is a strong family, and DC Dance assures our families, parents, students and alumni that it remains committed to maintaining a safe and nurturing environment for its students.”
In response to a phone email inquiries made by USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee, attorney Keane Barger said that outside of its statement, the studio had no further comment on the “ongoing criminal matter.”
McCord was being booked Thursday evening into the Williamson County jail under a $50,000 bond.
A spokesman for Franklin police declined to answer additional questions about the case, citing the pending charges against McCord.
Detectives ask anyone with information on possible other victims contact the Franklin Police Department.
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