Ballet teacher on trial accused of sexually abusing students at Argyll dance school | UK News

An instructor of ballet is currently standing trial over allegations of engaging in sexual activity with two students and sexually abusing seven others.

Jonathan Barton, aged 40, is facing charges for repeatedly engaging in sexual activity with two students at a dance school in Argyll.

He is also accused of engaging in sexual activity with one of the two students at different times when she was between the ages of 16 and 18, in a car in Argyll and at a hotel in Stirling.

Dumbarton Sheriff Court was informed that Barton, who denies all charges against him, allegedly repeatedly pressed his body against another teenage student during private dance lessons at the school.

He is also accused of sexually assaulting another girl at the dance school, who is identified in another charge as his student, on various occasions from the age of 15.

It is alleged that he knelt in front of her and placed his head near her pelvic area, and this abuse is said to have continued for several years.

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Furthermore, he faces charges of sexually assaulting five other students at the school, involving instances of touching their inner thighs or placing his head in close proximity to their pelvic areas.

The charges encompass a period from 2004 to 2019.

The majority of the alleged victims, who are not named for legal reasons, were 16 or 17 years old when the alleged abuse commenced.

The trial, presided over by Sheriff William Gallacher, is ongoing.

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