November 2019

Ballet and dance teacher Stephen Beagley convicted of child sex offences

A former Royal Ballet star has been jailed for 10 years for sexually abusing young dance pupils he was teaching.

Stephen Beagley, 62, had been due to face trial at Lewes Crown Court, but at a hearing on 21 October he admitted five counts of sexual assault, two charges of indecent assault and one of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

Wearing a grey sweater and shirt and dark trousers, Beagley wept in the dock as he was jailed for 10 years.

He had a position as dance teacher at a prep school but also offered private tuition to young girl dancers outside school.

After gaining their trust he would visit their homes and help prepare them for exams and auditions.

Lewes Crown Court was told the abuse spanned much of Beagley’s teaching career and took place during private ballet lessons.

He had recently been living in Gravesend but was living in Wadhurst, East Sussex, at the times of the offences.

He will also be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), severely restricting his access to anyone under-18 young girls until further court notice.

Judge Christine Laing heard that Beagley’s offending spanned some 13 years.