FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A former dancer teacher at Franklin’s DC Dance Factory has been taken into custody after being indicted for multiple sex charges.
Police began investigating Ross McCord on Oct. 24 after a 14-year-old girl’s parents came forward with “disturbing information” regarding the 29-year-old man and their daughter.
McCord is charged with statutory rape by an authority figure, four counts of aggravated statutory rape, solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor and exploitation of a minor by electronic means.
McCord was booked into the Williamson County jail on a $50,000 bond.
News 2 has learned McCord had worked as a dance instructor for 10 years, most recently as the DC Dance Factory.
In a statement, the dance studio said it was notified of the investigation several weeks ago.
“In response to these devastating allegations, we immediately took the necessary step of severing all ties with the former staff member, as this behavior is not tolerated under any circumstances. Soon after meeting with the Franklin Police Department, we met with our dance families to inform them of the investigation and that we had severed all ties with the instructor in question.”
The statement continued, “We cannot begin to express the depth of our sorrow and heartache regarding this situation. For 25 years, DC Dance has been a positive and uplifting force in the lives of hundreds of dance students. The DC Dance community is a strong family, and DC Dance assures our families, parents, students and alumni that it remains committed to maintaining a safe and nurturing environment for its students.”
According to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation background check, McCord has been arrested multiple times. In 2010, he had probation violations for consumption under age and driving on a suspended license.
In 2007, when he was 19, he was charged with drug possession.
Attempts to reach McCord have been unsuccessful. He has since been released on a $50,000 bond and is due in court Dec. 18.
Franklin police said there could be other young victims. Anyone with information is urged to call police at 615-794-4000.