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Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 4:32 pm

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- A jury has found a former Port Charlotte dance instructor guilty of molesting an underage female former student in Orlando in 2012.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, 30-year-old Nichol Phelps of Cape Coral was found guilty of two counts of Lewd & Lascivious Battery and one count of Attempted Lewd & Lascivious Conduct last week.

Phelps met the victim, then 13 years old, while working at the Universal Dance Academy in Port Charlotte.  After the victim left the school, Phelps stayed in contact with her.

Phelps then molested the victim, then 15 years old, while both attended a dance convention in Orlando in March 2012.

Phelps was later fired from the dance academy after an "emotional outburst."

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1 comment:

  • sarah s posted at 4:26 pm on Sat, Apr 5, 2014.

    sarah s Posts: 1

    I Have seen this on other news pages. Commentors saying stuff like this Kathi Papaleo Jury just convicted her. She worked at a Dance School in...wait for it...Port Charlotte, FL. No surprise

    Look yes this happened where i live but that doesn't mena that every normal productive person in this area is just like this woman who committed this crime..Port charlotte isnt a bad place its actually pretty. Im sure there is crime where you live but i wont judge you for it or your city. the comment was from a face booker..