Theater and Arts Studio Owner Accused of Repeatedly Sexually Assaulting Student
The owner of Kaleidoscope Studio for the Performing Arts in Clawson has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a teen student over a period of two years and police believe there may be other victims.
59-year-old Christopher Keen was arraigned on Thursday, January 24 in Troy 52-4 District Court on charges of first and second-degree sexual assault. His bond was set at $250,000, 10 percent. Keen has posted bond.
According to Clawson police, a male teen victim was assaulted by Keen in 2013 and 2014, beginning when he was 13 years old. That victim is now 18 years old.
Police were first notified of the allegations by Child Protective Services.
The alleged sexual assaults occurred at the studio and at Keen’s home in Birmingham. According to Clawson Police Chief Scott Sarvello, the department was investigating this case for more than a year and they suspect that there are other teen victims who attended the Kaleidoscope Studio. According to an article by the Daily Tribune, the department knows of “two other victims for sure at this point” and investigators believe there may be others who have not yet been identified.
The first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge is punishable by up to life in prison. The second-degree charge is a 15-year felony.
Anyone with information related to this case has been asked to contact Clawson Police Sgt. Kellie Bauss at 248-655-4450.
Justice for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse by Instructors and Teachers
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents sexual abuse survivors in civil cases. Here is some insight from Brian regarding the legal options available to those who have been sexually abused by instructors in businesses like performing arts and martial arts studios:
It’s important for all parents to be aware of the threat that sexual predators pose to their children. In virtually all fields that involve working with kids, there is the risk of sexual predators placing themselves in these positions – as employees, volunteers, and business owners. When children are sexually abused by an employee or owner of a business like a theater studio, it’s critical both to prosecute the abuser and to determine if the business was at fault for allowing the abuse to occur.
In many cases of sexual abuse involving these types of businesses, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit. For example, a theater studio might be considered negligent and held liable for abuse of students if an employee was hired without being subjected to a background check or if the owner was the abuser.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of child sexual abuse, we understand how painful this time is for your family. To learn more about how your family can find justice in the legal system, get in touch with one of our experienced sex abuse survivors attorneys for a free consultation.