A prominent youth dance teacher was reportedly led away in handcuffs Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Temecula Dance Company, the studio at which he served as the Director of Hip Hop.
Erik Saradpon, 42, was arrested by Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Temecula Police Department deputies at 6:30 p.m. and booked into the Southwest Detention Center at 7:15 p.m. on felony counts of sodomy with a person under 18 years of age, sodomy by force, and two counts of lewd lascivious acts with a person under the age of 14.
Saradpon is represented by MSA Agency, is the founder of a professional dance company, FORMALITY, and has taught for Dancerpalooza, The Pulse, 2 Days in OC, Broadway Dance Center, Pineapple Studios, and Dance Teacher Summit.
He has contributed as a choreographer on projects that aired on NBC, Fox and Lifetime, has been featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine, and is the executive producer of Platform Choreography Showcase, Urban Legends Workshop, and Illskillz Dance Intensive.
According to his biography on the Temecula Dance Company website, Saradpon was most proud of training “a multitude of his dancers to pursue professional dance careers.”
Valley News has reached out to Temecula Dance Company, and MSA Agency for comment, but has yet to receive a response.
As of Wednesday, Oct. 14, Temecula Dance Company had removed Saradpon’s profile from the company’s list of staff, and teachers and MSA Agency removed him from their list of choreographers.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said the investigation is ongoing and they are unable to comment at this time.
This is a breaking news story that will be updated when more information is available.
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