ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A dance instructor who appeared on Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” is accused of sexually abusing girls at an Orlando dance studio.
Kevin Cosculluela, 25, pleaded not guilty following his arrest in December on charges of sexual activity with a 16- or 17-year-old child, solicitation of a minor, lewd or lascivious conduct and illegal use of a communication device, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
He has also been fired from his job at Peaches Dance and Music Orlando, the newspaper reported.
The charges followed an investigation by Winter Garden police, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies and the Department of Children and Families, which uncovered accusations of manipulation and sexual battery by two teenage girls who took lessons with Cosculluela.
One student told investigators that she idolized Cosculluela and had considered him famous and important because of his appearances on the reality television show about dance kids, their moms and their