NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) – A dance instructor from North Port is facing new charges for having an inappropriate relationship with a student.
North Port police arrested 38-year-old Lauren Debenedetta, a teacher at Haven Dance Studio, for lewd and lascivious molestation charges.
According to arrest reports, the victim is a girl between 12 and 16 years old.
Debenedetta was arrested by Charlotte County sheriff’s deputies back in January, but detectives in North Port continued to look into acts that apparently happened at the dance studio and a North Port home.
Police filed the new charges on Tuesday night after interviews with the victim, and work by electronic forensic experts.
Debenedetta is being held in the Sarasota County Jail with no bond.
Anyone with additional information about the suspect or other possible victims, you’re asked to call North Port police at (941) 429-7300.
Source: Sarasota Co. dance instructor facing new charges for relationship with student