79ºF

Dance instructor had sex with girl at studio, police say

Kyle McMurray, 30, charged with sexual activity with a minor

SANFORD, Fla. – A Seminole County dance instructor is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl at the dance studio where he worked, according to the Sanford Police Department.

The victim's mother told police that the mother of one of her daughter's friends said the two girls had been talking about the victim's sexual relationship with Kyle McMurray, 30, who is a dance instructor at Double Dragon Dojo in Sanford, the arrest report said.

When the woman approached her daughter about the allegations, the teen deleted all the data on her LG smartphone then "became scared" and said she had been in a sexual relationship with McMurray for four months, since February, police said.

The girl told Sanford police on June 23 that she and McMurray met in January at the studio and about a month later, she told him she liked him and their relationship turned physical, according to the affidavit. Police said the victim told McMurray that she was only 15.

The victim said she and McMurray had sex at the dance studio and at her sister's house in Apopka, the report said.

Ronny Neal with the Sanford Police Department said. 

McMurray turned himself in to the Sanford Police Department Thursday afternoon and was charged with sexual activity with a minor.

"He had indicated that he was in a sexual relationship with one of the dance students," Ronny Neal with the Sanford Police Department said. 

Nat Russell told News 6 his daughter took dance classes at the dojo. He said he is disturbed by the allegations.

"It's insane. It's scary, especially when you have a child. It's a really scary thing," Russell said.

Police add McMurray betrayed parents by taking advantage of a child he was supposed to be teaching.

"It deals with a sense of trust (that) has been broken, especially when you have an individual that's in a leadership position," Neal said. "You have an adult, you have a person that is responsible for children, and they're suppose to make the proper decision when it comes to children."

During his first appearance Friday afternoon, a judge granted McMurray a $15,000 bail.

The judge ordered that McMurray wear an ankle monitor and said he was not allowed to return to the dojo or the Apopka home where he was accused of having sexual relations with the victim.

McMurray was also ordered not to have contact with the victim or other minors. 

Police said they don't believe there are other victims.

"Right now we don't have any information indicating that. I know investigators continue to look into it," Neal said. 

When News 6 arrived to the dojo on Friday, the business was closed and "for rent" signs were posted on the doors. Attempts to reach the owners of the dojo were unsuccessful


About the Authors: