Curtis Cooper, 37, was arrested on Thursday and charged with sexual battery.
According to a probable cause document, the victim told police in July that Cooper had sexually assaulted him while at a Tallahassee hotel.
The victim said that the weekend of July 8, Cooper, in partnership with Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, hosted a dance conference. He told police Cooper invited him to come along and “paid for everything” including a room at Hotel Duval.
The victim stated that he was showering and getting ready for church at the hotel when Cooper forced him to the bed and sexually assaulted him.
According to the documents, Cooper left after the incident.
The documents say that when a Tallahassee Police officer went to interview Cooper, he denied the allegations, saying that the church organization paid for the victim’s expenses.
Cooper explained that he organized the dance conference and that the victim was invited to take part in the conference as a drummer. He said that the victim’s family was also invited but the victim was the only one who attended.
When asked about the hotel, Cooper told police that he had fallen asleep July 8 without realizing it, woke up early in the morning, and left the room.
He also told officers that the events leading up to the alleged sexual battery were a “lie” and denied any sexual contact with the victim.
Police wrote that during the interview with Cooper, he kept mentioning an investigation in Blountstown where he was accused of an inappropriate relationship with a male and female victim, both under the age of 18.
When police looked into it, they discovered that the case Cooper mentioned involved a 12-year-old victim who told investigators he knew Cooper because he was the dance instructor at his church.
According to the probable cause document, Cooper had been arrested for sexual battery in connection to the incident back in 2004.
Officers wrote that they were also aware of another case in 2014 where Cooper had been accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old. However, documents say authorities were never able to establish probable cause, leaving the case inactive.
Cooper is currently in the Leon County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
He is the owner and founder of Community-Based Dance Ministry Inc. in Tallahassee.
According to the Reign Dance Company’s website, Cooper was one of the founding directors of Divine Praise Dance Ministry of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church.
He is also listed as one of the company’s members.