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Former Parma dance studio instructor sentenced to 15 years for sexually assaulting three former students

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A judge on Wednesday sentenced a former Parma dance teacher to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting three of his former students.

Desmond Beasley, 36, also sent sexually explicit photographs to three other girls from 2013 to 2018, when he was an instructor at Dance, Dance, Dance in Parma, prosecutors say.

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kelly A. Gallagher handed down the sentence against Beasley, who pleaded guilty in February to two counts of rape, sexual assault and gross sexual imposition . He also admitted charges of attempted rape and child pornography.

Cuyahoga County District Attorney Michael O’Malley said in a statement that Beasley violated his duties as a teacher.

“Instead of looking after his students, he used his position of trust to go after them,” O’Malley said. “I hope his sentencing and sentencing brings some peace and justice to his victims and sends a stern message that this despicable behavior will not be tolerated.”

Beasley was charged last year after several of his former students came forward to report he had sexually abused them in the past.

Six women said Beasley began sending them explicit photos in 2013 and 2014, when they were all between the ages of 13 and 16, prosecutors said.

Beasley invited a 16-year-old girl to his Garfield Heights apartment in 2013 and sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said. He sexually assaulted her multiple times between then and 2014. Prosecutors also said he recorded videos of the assaults, posted them on social media, and sold them online.

A woman told police Beasley sent her sexually explicit photos for three years, starting when she was 15 in 2014. When she was in college in Southern Ohio in 2017, Beasley visited her in her dorm, invited her to her hotel for a photo shoot and fed her alcohol, prosecutors said. The girl fell asleep and woke up to Beasley sexually assaulting her. She tried to have him arrested, but Beasley refused and continued to assault her, prosecutors said.

Another woman told police she was 13 when Beasley first sent her explicit photos in 2014. That same year, Beasley took her to his apartment and sexually assaulted her, they said. the prosecutors. Beasley continued to send her sexually explicit photos for several years. In 2018, Beasley took photos of the girl without her clothes on during a photo shoot without her consent, prosecutors said.