A former Cleveland school dance teacher was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for raping six teenage students and sexually abusing two others.
Terrence Green, 57, was convicted late last month by a jury at the Cuyahoga County General Court of Justice, which also found him guilty of kidnapping and felony assault. He was an acclaimed teacher who helped launch the careers of many young dancers, including some who performed on Broadway.
“I’m not the kind of person to do harm,” Green said at the hearing. “Half of them weren’t even my students. , God, what’s next?’ God only knows. “
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Mr. Green’s attorney, W. Scott Ramsey, said his client still believed he was innocent but was “looking forward to an appeal.”
Prosecutors said Green began sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in the late 1990s, shortly after he was hired by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Prosecutors said the eight victims in the incident were between the ages of 14 and 17 when the abuse began.
Prosecutors said Green quit arts high school in 2014 and then went to work at Cuyahoga Community College, where the abuse continued until 2019.
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In 2021, the Cleveland Public Schools agreed to pay a $3.25 million settlement after eight former students filed lawsuits alleging the school failed to investigate past sexual abuse allegations against Mr. .
Greene was acquitted of sexual assault charges against students in 2004 and returned to teaching the same year.
The school allowed Mr. Green to continue sharing hotel rooms with students on school-sanctioned trips, according to the students’ lawsuit.
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After retiring in 2014, Green began teaching at the Children’s Dance Academy at Cuyahoga Community College. The university has denied acknowledgment of Mr. Green’s allegations of past sexual abuse.