Reality TV dance teacher arrested for exposing a teen to HIV
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis dance teacher, highlighted on a reality TV show, has been arrested and charged with rape and exposing a teen to HIV.
Police said John Conner, 27, had sex with a boy that he met on social media.
Connor is known as "Coach John" on the hit reality TV show "Bring It." He's known as the coach of the Memphis team, the Infamous Dancerettes.
According to the affidavit, the two had unprotected sex several times, even though Conner was diagnosed with HIV in 2012.
Police said the boy was 16 at the time. Connor first met up with the underage victim for sex at the corner of South Willet Street and Netherwood Avenue.
"I think that's just horrible," Patrick Savage said.
Savage works at a grocery store near the area where police said Connor first met his victim.
"This is a very busy intersection," Savage said. "You wouldn't think it is here, all the traffic that comes up through here."
The victim told police in August he met Connor through social media. After that, they met up frequently for unprotected sex. Officers said when the victim discovered Connor's positive HIV status, he went to police.
The Infamous Dancerettes coach posted on Facebook that he turned himself in and is innocent, writing "I have nothing to run from or hold my head down for."
Since Connor's arrest, he has made multiple postings on Facebook proclaiming his innocence. However, he has since deleted his Facebook posts and the Facebook page for his dance team.
Other coaches in Memphis said Connor failed those he was teaching and that parents shouldn't be afraid to ask questions when it involves their child's safety.
"Even if it's doing a background check on the coaches or staff," youth basketball coach Rockey Robertson said.
Conner is charged with statutory rape by an authority figure, soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor, and criminal exposure to HIV.
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