Temecula Dance Company instructor suspected of lewd acts with minors

Dance instruction Erik Saradpon, 42, was alleged to have had inappropriate contact and relationships with former and current students. Photo provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

A Temecula dance instructor was arrested on Tuesday and booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center on felony counts of sodomy with a person under 18 years of age, sodomy by force, and two counts of lewd lascivious acts with a person under the age of 14. 

Several evidence items were seized at during a search warrant at a residence in the 39000 block of Sundance Circle, the sheriff’s department said.  

Erik Saradpon, 42, was arrested at the Temecula Dance Company where he worked as a dance instructor. Saradpon is alleged to have had inappropriate contact and relationships with former and current students, reported Sergeant Edmond Seltzer. He is being held in lieu of $55,000, jail records show.

According to Saradpon’s biography on the Temecula Dance Company website, Saradpon is represented by MSA Agency, is the founder of a professional dance company, FORMALITY, and has taught for Dancerpalooza, The Pulse, 2 Days in OC, Broadway Dance Center, Pineapple Studios, and Dance Teacher Summit. 

This is an on-going investigation. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact Investigator Franchville at the Southwest Station at 951-696-3000. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Crime Tips online form.


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