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Lesbian Dance Teachers Sentenced to Prison for Repeatedly Molesting Girls

Posted on | March 14, 2017 | Comments Off on Lesbian Dance Teachers Sentenced to Prison for Repeatedly Molesting Girls

Julie Werkheiser (left) and her wife Samantha Stone Werkheiser (right).

Julie Kay Werkheiser and Samantha Stone were both dance teachers in upstate New York. Werkheiser owned Studio J Dance in Waverly, about 40 miles from Binghamton, where Stone owned Creative Dance Elements. At some point, Stone divorced her husband and is now Samantha Werkheiser. And both of them have been convicted of molesting children. In February 2016, Julie Werkheiser was sentenced to 11 years to life in state prison after a jury convicted her of felony predatory sexual assault against a child. Police said that between July 2006 and November 2007 she abused two dance students, who were 6 and 8 at the time. Last week, a judge sentenced her wife, the former Samantha Stone, to 15 years in prison for first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child.

Samantha Werkheiser’s victim was a close relative, who between 2003 and 2007 suffered “countless acts of sex abuse,” according to the prosecutor. “She took away my childhood,” the victim, now 18, said in court. “I’m bitter because I can’t get that 18 years of my life back.”

Samantha Werkheiser claimed to be the victim of a “witch hunt” and protested her innocence. “[T]he victim stormed out of the courtroom as Werkheiser professed that she still cares about her accuser and maintains the accusations were concocted by her ex-husband.”



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