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Dance instructor charged with sexual assault

A 16-year-old girl has come forward to police alleging her dance instructor sexually assaulted her almost a year ago.

A 16-year-old girl has come forward to police alleging her dance instructor sexually assaulted her almost a year ago.

The incident allegedly happened on April 18, 2009 at the girl’s home in Sherwood Park.

“This is what I would classify as a serious sexual assault,” said Strathcona RCMP?Const. Wally Henry of the allegations.

The accused is a 28-year-old hip-hop instructor named Oliver Nino Damaso, or “O.J.” He has been charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

The girl contacted Strathcona County RCMP on March 6 and that’s when investigation began.

“There’s no evidence at this point to suggest there are multiple victims or that there’s anything more involved other than what we have to this point,” Henry said.

“We are encouraging anyone who was associated with this person or has any knowledge of any other offences to definitely contact their local police agency.”

Henry said the girl waited until she was ready before coming forward to police.

“I think the time essence in any crime can be affected by a delay in it being reported,” he said. “But having said that there are still investigational avenues that we can follow.”

The alleged assault happened in the victim’s home where she lived with her parents. Nobody else was in the home at the time and there was no evidence to suggest the accused forced his way in.

Damaso was arrested without incident at his home in Edmonton and is scheduled to appear in Sherwood Park provincial court today.