Dance coach in Tennessee arrested for statutory rape, criminal exposure to HIV

Image courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

Image courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A dance coach in Memphis was arrested for allegedly having unprotected sex with a minor, and he also faces charges of criminal exposure to HIV.

John Conner III met the teenage male via a social website last year and arranged a meeting, WREG in Memphis reports. 

The pair had unprotected sex on several occasions, court documents indicate, and they also exchanged sexually explicit text messages. The victim was 16 at the time and Conner was 26.  Conner allegedly did not tell the teen he has HIV.

Conner was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of criminal exposure to HIV, two counts of soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure.

WREG reports the teen and the suspect knew each other, but it not clear if that relationship was related to Conner’s role as a dance coach.