A local dance instructor was arraigned on Wednesday facing charges of raping a child during dance lessons at the defendant’s home on Canal Street in the West End’s Bulfinch Triangle, according to a statement by Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
Nineteen year-old Wilson Anthony was charged with two counts of aggravated rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery of a child. The victim is a boy under 14 who reported the incidents with his family at the Boston Police A-1 station on Sunday. The alleged assaults occurred between June and September at private dance lessons.
Anthony was ordered held without bail until his March 16th court appearance.
Conley added, “I would ask any parent or caregiver to reassure your children that they can talk to you about anything, especially anything that might make them afraid or uncomfortable. We want kids to know that they will be supported and won’t get in trouble for telling the truth, but not to feel pressured to disclose abuse. Listen carefully to your children, and notify authorities if anything they say causes concern.”
The DA’s office reminds parents and caregivers they can report the abuse of a child in Suffolk County to the Child Protection Unit at 617-619-4300. The Boston Police Crimes Against Children Unit can be reached at 617-343-6183.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.