Westlake School for the Performing Arts

Kabaniaev was teaching at Westlake School for the Performing Arts at the time of his arrest.

Sexual Abuse Trial of Former Ballet Teacher Viktor Kabaniaev Continues

The sexual abuse trial of former well-known Bay Area ballet teacher Viktor Kabaniaev continued on Tuesday, October 8 with testimony from the second victim.

The first victim appeared in court on Monday and testified that Kabaniaev raped her for the first time when she was 12 and that he did so at least 30 more times while she was studying with him. The rapes and sexual abuse allegedly occurred between 2000 and 2003.

Kabaniaev was arrested in early 2018 on 14 felony counts,  including committing forcible lewd acts upon a child and rape and oral copulation with a child. He has pleaded not guilty to all of those charges. At the time of his arrest, he was teaching ballet at the Westlake School for Performing Arts in Daly City.

On Tuesday, the second woman testified that Kabanieav had sexually abused her in his apartment in San Bruno when she was 14 years old. This woman told the court that she started studying under Kabaniaev in 2008. She followed Kabaniaev to Westlake after he moved from an apprenticeship program he taught for Diablo Ballet.

At the time the case was approved for trial, detectives said that they believe there could be other victims who have not yet come forward.

Kabaniaev could face up to life in prison if found guilty.

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Legal Options for Victims of Sexual Abuse by Ballet Teachers

Here are some thoughts on the legal rights of ballet teacher sex abuse victims from attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com:

Sexual predators are often in positions of trust. They exploit the trust of their victims and those close to them in order to commit heinous crimes. Our attorneys have seen this in cases involving instructors and coaches in fields like youth sports, gymnastics, music, and ballet.

Victims of sexual abuse have options for legal recourse in both criminal and civil courts. It’s important that the abuse is reported to law enforcement so that the predator can be held accountable by the criminal justice system. But in some cases, victims have additional options for legal recourse in the form of civil lawsuits.

A lawsuit can provide justice in ways criminal courts fail to do so – including financial compensation for therapy costs, pain and suffering, and other related damages caused by the abuse.

If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual abuse by a ballet teacher or someone else who was in a position of trust, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers.

Westlake School for the Performing Arts in Daly City, CA

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