Boston Dance Instructor Charged With Raping Child During Lesson

A Boston dance instructor has been charged with the rape of a student in his class.

Nineteen-year-old Wilson Anthony allegedly indecently assaulted a boy under 14 who was taking private lessons at the suspect's North End apartment.

Prosecutors say the young boy was sexually assaulted multiple times between June and September of 2015.

Neighbors were stunned to hear the news.

"I'm actually shocked," said Mohammed Goldstein.

"An indescribable feeling," explained Kristen Delafano, who owns the restaurant next door. "Shocking, disturbing."

Anthony faces charges of aggravated rape of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child. He was arraigned Tuesday and held without bail.

It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

The teen suspect is a student at Suffolk University. He was suspended after the school learned of the charges.

"The student was suspended, effective immediately, pending the outcome of an administrative hearing, in accordance with university policy," the school said in a statement.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office notes that anyone who wants to report incidents of child abuse to call (617) 619-4300.

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