FIRST ON 3: Leland dance teacher makes first court appearance on child sex charges
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Leland dance studio is temporarily closed. The owner is behind bars facing child sex charges.
Revolutionz Dance Studio and Entertainment just opened in a strip mall on Village Road in Leland August 1. Now a handwritten sign on the door claims it’s closed for maintenance.
The owner, Jamie Watson, 36, faces charges of first degree sex offense of a child.
Leland police arrested Watson late Friday night. After his first court appearance Monday, his family did not have much to say.
Watson’s attorney, Bill Peregoy, is waiting to gather more evidence from Leland Police before he discusses the case..
“At the moment, we don’t have a law enforcement agency with sufficient acumen to do an investigation before they make an arrest,” Peregoy said. “They tend to arrest somebody and then see if they can build a case.”
Leland Police would not talk about the case.
Watson has taught dance for more than 20 years and is a member of the All American Clogging Hall of Fame All American Team. Clogging is just one of the styles of dance he taught to children of all ages in the studio; a studio that sits empty, for now.
Watson’s attorney asked for a probable cause hearing. That is scheduled for Aug 30. For now, Watson remains in jail under a $200,000 bond.
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