Former West London dance teacher convicted of sexual offences

A former ballet tutor at a dance school in west London has been found guilty of thirteen counts of sexual assault.

Yat-Sen Chang, 49, was arrested on 14 April 2016 on suspicion of sexual assault and further interviewed on 27 August 2020. He denied all allegations against him.

He was charged in December 2019 and November 2020 with a total of 14 counts of sexual assault on four females.

The charges relate to incidents that occurred between 1 December 2009 and 10 April 2016 at a dance school in west London, his private residence and a London ballet school.

Chang was formerly Principal Dancer at English National Ballet and recently had been working in Germany with Theatre Kiel.

His four victims were abused by him over a period of several years. When the case first came to court Rose Edwin, prosecuting, said the crimes showed ‘a high degree of breach of trust.’

She said: ‘He is a well known and highly respected dancer.

After a trial at Isleworth Crown Court that lasted just over two weeks, Chang was found unanimously guilty of twelve counts of sexual assault on a female, and guilty of one count of sexual assault by penetration of a female. He was acquitted of one count. He is due to be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Tuesday, 18 June.

A dangerous and predatory individual

Detective Constable Helen Larson, of the West Area Child Abuse Unit, said:

“Chang is a dangerous and predatory individual who targeted these young victims. He abused his position of trust and power to prey on them when they were most vulnerable.

“The victims showed extreme bravery and courage in reporting the incident and helping us to bring Chang to justice. I am sure that this will prevent further offences from taking place.

“It remains a top priority for the Met to tackle and prevent instances of sexual assault, putting offenders behind bars and bringing justice to the victims. I encourage anyone who has been a victim or witnessed a sexual assault to contact police. We have specially trained officers who will give advice and take all allegations seriously. You will be supported.”

If you have been a victim of sexual assault or rape or you have information about an offender, contact police on 101 or 999 in an emergency – there are specially trained officers who will listen and investigate where needed.

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